POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 12TH 2021
You may submit your film to the 2021 SFJFF beginning on October 5, 2020.
NOTE: All films submitted for the 2020 SFJFF are still in consideration for 2021. You do not need to re-submit.
There is only one deadline for the Festival: February 12, 2021.
All entries must be RECEIVED by February 12, 2021.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival showcases new independent American and international Jewish-subject cinema. Now in its 40th year, the Festival is the oldest and most prestigious Jewish Film Festival in the world, with total attendance of approximately 35,000. The Festival presents dramatic, documentary, television, experimental, and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity. The 40th festival will be held at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre, with additional screenings in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.
Deadline and Fees
All entries must be RECEIVED by February 10, 2021.
$25 - Shorts (under 50 min)
$35- Features (over 50 min)
Complete entry forms can be found at the Festival’s web site at jfi.org
Look for the “2020 CALL FOR ENTRIES” link on our homepage and submit through FilmFreeway
Exhibition Formats and Subtitling
The Festival screens DCP, ProRes, BluRay, and 35mm. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
Feature length narratives and documentaries should not screen or broadcast in Northern California prior to or during the Festival. Please note that Northern California includes the metropolitan areas of Sacramento, San Jose, Contra Costa, Monterey and the Napa/Sonoma Valleys, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area.
Preview Screener Format
Preview screeners can be either online links or DVD (NTSC format preferred; PAL and non-region 1 DVD permitted). Screeners of foreign language works must be subtitled in English.
The SFJFF accepts rough cuts of almost completed films as Festival entries. Rough cut entries must have an expected completion date of May 1, 2020 or earlier.
Packaging & Labeling
If mailing a DVD, please label your DVD with the title, director’s name, shipper's name (if different from director) and shipper's address.
Returning Preview DVDs
We are not able to return preview DVDs unless you include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your entry. If you choose not to include a stamped self-addressed envelope and your film is not accepted into the Festival, your submission(s) will be destroyed.
Cost of Shipping Previews
All preview DVDs costs, TO and FROM the Festival, must be paid by the sender.
We suggest that entries from outside of the U.S. be sent via Air Mail Registered or by an express service. We cannot accept preview entries shipped via air freight if customs and delivery fees have not been prepaid.
You must affirm with your signature on the entry form that you are authorized to submit this film to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. If your film/video is accepted, your signature also authorizes us to retain a copy of the submitted work in our non-circulating Festival archive and to use a two-minute promotional excerpt from it for festival promotion and on the web in perpetuity.
You will be notified of the outcome by email by June 8, 2021.
To enter works or for further information, contact:
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
Jewish Film Institute
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
T: 415.621.0556 x202
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), presented by the Jewish Film Institute, is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind and a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. SFJFF attracts more than 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its annual three weeks of inspiring films, events, panels and parties. Screenings take place at the historic Castro theatre in San Francisco and venues throughout the Bay Area during July and August. Works in all forms and genres are considered.
SFJFF presents dramatic and documentary features, television and web series, experimental, and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity as well as films that reflect life through a Jewish lens. The programming staff takes a broad view of what makes a film Jewish and have been known to curate films that are Jew(ish) as well as films about issues that are relevant to Jewish communities and resonate with other cultural communities across the globe.
The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is the premier curatorial voice for Jewish film and media and a leading arts and culture organization in the Bay Area. Built on the foundation of the world-renowned San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - the world's first and largest Jewish film festival - the Jewish Film Institute catalyzes and inspires communities in San Francisco and around the world to expand their understanding of Jewish life and culture through film, media, and dialogue. Year round, the Jewish Film Institute promotes awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the Jewish people through multiple mediums - including original online programming that reaches a global audience of over 2 million views. All of these services, along with artists' support and educational initiatives, give audiences around the world even greater access to Jewish culture and the visionaries who shape it.
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