SFJFF42 Jewish Film Festival Call for Entries

Submissions for the 2022 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival are now open

42nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival:
Summer 2022

DEADLINE – postmarked Monday, February 11, 2022

Submit on FilmFreeway


The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival showcases new independent American and international Jewish-subject cinema. Now in its 42nd year, the Festival is the oldest and most prestigious Jewish Film Festival in the world, with total attendance of approximately 40,000. The Festival presents dramatic, documentary, television, experimental, and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity.

Choices regarding venues and/or virtual screenings will be made in accordance with county mandates to prioritize the health of our staff, guests and attendees.

The 42nd festival will be held at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre, with additional screenings in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is now an Academy Award® qualifying film festival in the Documentary Short Subject category.

Deadline and Fees
All entries must be RECEIVED by February 11, 2022.
$30 - Shorts (under 50 min)
$40- Features (over 50 min)

Entry Forms
Complete entry forms can be found at the Festival’s web site at jfi.org
Look for the “2022 CALL FOR ENTRIES” link on our homepage and submit through FilmFreeway

Exhibition Formats and Subtitling
The Festival screens DCP, ProRes, BluRay, and 35mm. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

Premiere Status
Feature length narratives and documentaries should not screen or broadcast in Northern California prior to or during the Festival. Please note that Northern California includes the metropolitan areas of Sacramento, San Jose, Contra Costa, Monterey and the Napa/Sonoma Valleys, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area.

Preview Screener Format
Preview screeners must be provided in the form of a video link. Screeners of foreign language works must be subtitled in English.

Rough Cuts
The SFJFF accepts rough cuts of almost completed films as Festival entries. Rough cut entries must have an expected completion date of May 1, 2022 or earlier.

You must affirm with your signature on the entry form that you are authorized to submit this film to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. If your film/video is accepted, your signature also authorizes us to retain a copy of the submitted work in our non-circulating Festival archive and to use a two-minute promotional excerpt from it for festival promotion and on the web in perpetuity.

You will be notified of the outcome by email by June 17, 2022.

To enter works or for further information, contact:

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Programming Department
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.621.0556 tel
415.621.0568 fax
Email: jewishfilm@sfjff.org

For further information, contact:

Jewish Film Institute
Programming Department
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
T: 415.621.0556 x202
F: 415.621.0568
E: programming@jfi.org

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), presented by the Jewish Film Institute, is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind and a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. SFJFF attracts more than 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its annual three weeks of inspiring films, events, panels and parties. Screenings take place at the historic Castro theatre in San Francisco and venues throughout the Bay Area during July and August. Works in all forms and genres are considered.

SFJFF presents dramatic and documentary features, television and web series, experimental, and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity as well as films that reflect life through a Jewish lens. The programming staff takes a broad view of what makes a film Jewish and have been known to curate films that are Jew(ish) as well as films about issues that are relevant to Jewish communities and resonate with other cultural communities across the globe.

The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is the premier curatorial voice for Jewish film and media and a leading arts and culture organization in the Bay Area. Built on the foundation of the world-renowned San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - the world's first and largest Jewish film festival - the Jewish Film Institute catalyzes and inspires communities in San Francisco and around the world to expand their understanding of Jewish life and culture through film, media, and dialogue. Year round, the Jewish Film Institute promotes awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the Jewish people through multiple mediums - including original online programming that reaches a global audience of over 2 million views. All of these services, along with artists' support and educational initiatives, give audiences around the world even greater access to Jewish culture and the visionaries who shape it.

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