Applications are submitted via Film Freeway. Note there is a custom form with additional questions. You can download a PDF of the additional questions here. Finalists will be asked for additional materials.
Early Bird Deadline: February 9, 2024 at 12am Pacific Time.
Final Deadline: March 1, 2024 at 12am Pacific Time.
Have questions about your application? Join Filmmaker Services Director Marcia Jarmel for online Office Hours on January 25, February 8, and February 22. The grant application is not an entry form for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. If you would like to submit your project to the upcoming festival, visit this page.
The Jewish Film Institute Completion Grants provide finishing funds to emerging and established filmmakers for original stories that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. Launched in 2020, these juried Grants have awarded more than $325,000 to 27 projects to date. Projects of interest are fresh, nuanced, and thought-provoking explorations of Jewish themes, selected for their potential to entertain and engage us, turn conversation into action, and reframe understanding of Jewish cultures and identities. Projects may be features, shorts, episodic programs, or web series, with works in fiction, documentary, hybrid, and animation eligible for consideration.
The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) champions bold films and filmmakers that expand and evolve the Jewish story for audiences everywhere. JFI celebrates the spirit of film, inquiry, independence, collaboration, community, and inclusion to support film’s evolution on big and small screens as an indispensable form of cultural communication that inspires personal and societal change. JFI’s annual public programs, which serve thousands of individuals in the Bay Area and across the United States, include the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world, JFI WinterFest, online film offerings, and special events with filmmakers, artists, and culturally-diverse thought leaders. In addition to the Completion Grants, the JFI Filmmakers in Residence program offers documentarians a year-long fellowship, helping them to build community and enhance creative, marketing, business, and production skills.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 JFI Completion Grants through March 1.Read More
Grants are given only for completion expenses. To be competitive, projects must be in post-production with at least a strong rough cut. Projects in development, script-development, pre-production, production, or early post-production will not be considered. Applicant must hold artistic, budgetary, and editorial control and maintain copyright of the proposed project. Grants are given only to filmmakers with creative and financial control of their projects.
Applicants do not need to be Jewish, but projects must reflect thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, or identity.
JFI pre-screeners will review all applications, preview sample works, and select finalists. An independent panel of media professionals including producers, directors, programmers, academics, distributors, or other experts in the field will convene to collectively select the grant recipients. The names of the panelists will remain confidential until after the awards are announced during the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in August of each year.
JFI is not able to provide critiques, screening notes, or individual reviews of any films not chosen for Completion Grants.
In addition to funding, grantees are entitled to:
This grant application is not an entry form for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. If you would like to submit your project to the upcoming festival, visit this page.