SFJFF Youth Jury

What is a film jury? At film festivals around the world, a selection of accomplished filmmakers and other film professionals are selected to watch a series of films and award one as the best film in the program. Jewish Film Institute's programming staff will select 10-12 High School students to award the inaugural Youth Jury Prize for Best Short Film at SFJFF 2019. APPLICATIONS DUE BY MARCH 11, 2019.


  • Jurors must be currently enrolled in High School.
  • Jurors must be able to attend the orientation meeting on Sunday, April 7th, the screening and award selection meeting on Sunday, May 19th and a third meeting during the week  of June 24th to prepare for the festival award ceremony and Q&A with the winning filmmaker. The third meeting will also provide an opportunity for the teens to write reviews of the short films to be included in our blog.  
  • All meetings will be held in San Francisco.  
  • Representatives from the jury will be chosen to present the Youth Jury Award at the 2019 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival at the Castro Theatre, July 18-July 28.  


Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to: 

  • View a wide variety of Jewish related films (narrative, documentary and animated shorts) that you may never have otherwise had the chance to see. Food and refreshments will be provided during jury meetings.
  • Network and make connections to aid future endeavors in the film world.
  • Gain insight into the process of evaluating quality films, working with JFI's staff of award-winning working filmmakers, and engage in meaningful discussions around the films.
  • Volunteer at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and meet other film enthusiasts. 
  • Receive a Next Wave pass to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for you and two friends.
  • Participate in a program that will stand out on college applications and resumes.


Youth Jury Prize was made possible by a grant from the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiatitive. The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative (Teen Initiative) is a project of the Federation, in partnership with Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, and with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation.