Filmmakers in Residence

Applications for the JFI Filmmakers in Residence Program are currently closed. The next cycle of applications opens in Fall 2022.

For questions, contact:

Marcia Jarmel
Director, Filmmaker Services
Jewish Film Institute
T: 415.621.0556

The JFI Filmmakers in Residence Program is an annual, competitive artist residency that provides creative, marketing, and production support for emerging and established filmmakers in the United States whose projects explore and expand thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture and identity. Residents: participate in monthly cohort meetings; attend capacity-enhancing workshops with industry professionals and experts; consult with JFI staff on industry best practices in marketing, fundraising, production, and exhibition; and refine their project pitches through mentorship and a culminating pitch forum. Residents also receive access to all JFI programs and events, expense-paid convenings at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, visibility in JFI promotional materials, and access to the Ninth Street Independent Film Center's on-site screening room. Filmmakers located in the Bay Area are also eligible to apply for office and editing space at Ninth Street.

"The JFI residency provides access to a talented cohort of filmmakers, and pre-pandemic, a studio space where I could focus on my film with no distractions. The JFI staff is beyond helpful and very flexible in helping with all aspects of my film, from fundraising, to rough cut feedback, and providing connections to the wider JFI community."

Theo Rigby (2020 Filmmaker in Residence)

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