Filmmaker Residency Application Guidelines

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.

Application Guidelines

  • Independent feature or short-form in fiction, documentary, animation, web, series, or hybrid form.
  • Projects can be in any stage from development through completion.
  • Filmmakers must have copyright and creative control and be ready to workshop their project.
  • Filmmakers can commit to up to 6 hours a month for cohort meetings and workshops.
  • Attendance is required at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival during the last week of July.
  • Student projects are not eligible for the Residency

As public health guidelines allow, residents participate in in-person convenings, coinciding with the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in July–August. Residents receive passes to participate in all SFJFF screenings, panels, parties, and industry events.

The Residency is open to filmmakers across the United States. Applicants located in the San Francisco Bay Area may also apply for in-kind editing space at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Office space availability is subject to San Francisco public health guidelines.  

Filmmakers in Residence are selected by the Jewish Film Institute's Filmmaker Services and Programming Departments.

Filmmaker Residency: FAQ

Each residency is awarded on an annual (12 month) basis.

There is no submission fee to apply for the Residency.

Preference is given to film projects that are aligned with the Jewish Film Institute's mission to inspire communities in the Bay Area and beyond to expand their understanding of Jewish life through film, media and dialogue. To ensure that projects have recognizable social, cultural and artistic value and a strong likelihood of completion, enrolled filmmakers are paired with JFI staff from different departments to increase cross-marketing and authentic collaborative opportunities such as co-sponsored film screenings and introductions to potential funders and supporters.

Selections are made by Jewish Film Institute's Programming Staff based on the applicant's filmmaking experience, the status of the project, and its alignment with JFI's mission statement.

Yes. Due to COVID-19 this will be a virtual residency and we will accept applicants living in North America.

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