How to Apply

Applications for the 2020-2021 Residency are CLOSED

For further information, contact:
Jewish Film Institute
Programming Department
T: 415.621.0556 x202 
F: 415.621.0568

The JFI Filmmaker Residency program is an independent program of the Jewish Film Institute located at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center,  which offers access to workspace, knowledge sharing, outreach opportunities, networking events, meeting and exhibition space on an annual basis.

Past filmmakers participants have expressed that the program has elevated their status in the film community, lead to additional in-house and outside recognition and resources, aided in securing funding, and provided valuable peer-to-peer interaction.

Filmmaker Residency: FAQ

Each residency is awarded on an annual (12 month) basis. Each resident filmmaker is provided with 100 sq. ft of individual workspace, access to all shared spaces and 5 hours of free meeting or exhibition per month in the well-appointed Ninth Street screening room (particularly of value to filmmakers, in production and post-production).

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  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.

Please note that the JFI Filmmaker Residency does not include housing.

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