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Jewish Film Institute
The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) Completion Grants support independent film and media arts projects that probe nuanced and surprising corners of Jewish life, history, culture, and identity. Grants provide critical resources for filmmakers to accelerate the final stages of their films as the funding landscape for independent filmmakers—particularly those seeking to reflect the full spectrum of Jewish experiences—becomes more challenging. Launched in 2020 to address the growing need for Jewish film funders nationally and internationally, the Grants advocate for films that challenge stereotypes and conventions, spark impactful conversations about Jewish life, and innovate storytelling forms.
Applications open annually at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Announcements are made in Summer/Fall. Learn more about the application process and previously supported projects at the links below. To receive announcements of all of JFI's offerings to filmmakers, join our email list.
Applications are currently closed. The next call for entries for JFI Completion Grants opens in January 2024.
The Jewish Film Institute awarded $85,000 to seven projects in 2023. The fourth 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Tax Deductible Amount: $35
Applicants to the JFI Completion Grants Program will receive a one-year Flmmaker Membership via their FilmFreeway submission fee.Join Renew
The JFI Completion Grants are supported by the Albert & Judith Goldberg Foundation, Sandee Blechman and Steven Goldberg, Steven and Bunny Fayne, David and Fran Meckler, Gale Mondry and Bruce Cohen, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Nancy P. & Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation, and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.