JFI Completion Grants Program

Applications for the fourth cycle of JFI Completion Grants will open in early 2023.

For questions, contact:

Marcia Jarmel
Director, Filmmaker Services
Jewish Film Institute
E: jfifilmmakers@jfi.org
T: 415.621.0556

The JFI Completion Grants Program provides finishing funds to emerging and established filmmakers for original stories that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, memory, and identity. Established in 2020, JFI has awarded nearly $250,000 since the program's inception. Projects eligible for consideration include narratives, documentaries, shorts, episodic programs, or web series. JFI Completion Grants respond to a critical lack of funding opportunities available for independent media projects that pursued expansive, nuanced interpretations of Jewish topics. JFI Completion Grants recognize projects that demonstrate an ability or ambition to entertain and engage us, to build bridges between communities, to turn conversation into action, and to reframe understanding of Jewish cultures and identities.

Applications open annually in January with winners announced in August during the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Learn more about the application process and previously supported projects at the links below. 

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2022 JFI Completion Grant Recipients

2022 JFI Completion Grant Recipients

The Jewish Film Institute awarded $75,000 to six projects in 2022. The third round of JFI Completion Grants announced celebrates a diverse slate of documentary projects selected from a national applicant pool — the largest in the program’s history.

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2021 JFI Completion Grant Recipients

2021 JFI Completion Grant Recipients

The Jewish Film Institute awarded $100,000 to six projects in 2021, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per project. The announcement was made at the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the 41st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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2020 JFI Completion Grant Recipients

2020 JFI Completion Grant Recipients

The inaugural slate of JFI Completion Grants awarded $75,000 to six projects in 2020. The inaugural grant awards were presented as part of “Cinegogue Summer Days”, a four day cinematic event that took place virtually during what would have been the 40th anniversary San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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The JFI/JSP Momentum Award

The JFI/JSP Momentum Award

The JFI/JSP Momentum Award is an annual accelerator grant given to a documentary film for its piercing exploration of Jewish culture, life, and experience.

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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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