For Filmmakers

From its exhibition calendar to its suite of artist development services, the Jewish Film Institute creates a community of filmmakers exploring and expanding thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. JFI supports projects at all stages of the creative process, from development and production through finishing and exhibition. 

Completion Grants Program

JFI Completion Grants provide finishing funds to emerging and established filmmakers worldwide. Since launching in 2020, JFI Completion Grants have provided nearly $200,000 to a diverse slate of projects. Original stories that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity in all filmmaking forms, lengths, and genres are welcome to apply. 

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Exhibition Submissions

Do you have a project that the world needs to see? Submit your film to one of the Jewish Film Institute exhibition series, including the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, WinterFest, and more year-round screening programs. Current Call for Entries and submission criteria are available here.

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Filmmakers in Residence

JFI Filmmakers in Residence join a community of artists and industry professionals who nurture each other through the creative process. The Residency is a competitive, year-long program offering support, training, and mentorship to emerging and established filmmakers across the United States.

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Teen Social Change Film Fellowship

The JFI Social Change Film Fellowship, offers a cohort of twelve film fellows between the ages of 15 and 18 the opportunity to craft and promote a series of screenings and conversations around social-justice films informed by the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam.

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Purchase a Filmmaker Membership to the Jewish Film Institute

  • Discounts and pre-sales on tickets, passes, and Jewish Film Institute merchandise
  • Festival program guide mailed to your home
  • Donor recognition on the JFI website and onscreen recognition at the Festival
  • Invitations to filmmaker events year-round

Tax Deductible Amount: $35

Applicants to the JFI Completion Grants Program may pay their application fee by becoming a Filmmaker Member.

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