2020 SF Jewish Film Festival Call for Entries



The 2020 SFJFF Call for Entries is Now CLOSED

40th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival:
July 16 – August 2, 2020

The Call for Entries for the 2021 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will open in the Fall of 2020.


  • All entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2019. 
  • Features previously exhibited in the Bay Area, either theatrically, at another local festival, or via television or Internet broadcast are not eligible to apply.
  • Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible. The Festival will not accept new versions of an entry unless requested by the programming staff.
  • All selected feature films are eligible for the SFJFF Audience Award for Best Narrative or Best Documentary. All selected short documentaries are eligible for the juried SFJFF Best Short Documentary Award. All selected short narratives are eligible for the SFJFF Film Movement Award
  • Recipients of SFJFF's Best Short Documentary Award will be eligible for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
  • All entrants will be notified of the Festival's decision by June 8, 2020.


Preview Format
For review purposes, entries can either be uploaded using the Secure Online Screener option on Withoutabox.com, or sent by mail on DVD (region 0 or 1). Test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players before sending it. Only one entry on a DVD, please.

Subtitled Entries
All non-English language entries must have English subtitles for preview and for Festival presentation.

Entry Fees
The Festival is unable to waive entry fees or provide discounts beyond those indicated. Entry fees are not refundable. You may submit any number of titles; however, a separate entry form, preview copy, and entry fee are required for each title. If the Festival determines a work is entered in the wrong category and needs to reassign it, any discrepancy in entry fees between the categories must be paid by the entrant.

Payment is accepted only in US dollars, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. International entries must pay by Visa, MasterCard or money order in US dollars.


PACKAGING - Ship your DVD in a bubble-pack envelope in a plastic safe case. A fiberpack envelope can cause damage to discs as well as DVD players.

COSTS & LABELING - All shipping costs to San Francisco must be borne by the sender. All tapes must indicate title, shipper's name, and return shipping address.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES - We recommend that entries from outside the US be sent Air Mail Registered or by parcel or express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air freight if customs and delivery fees have not been prepaid.

RETURN OF ENTRIES - DVDs will not be returned. Every reasonable effort is made to protect screeners from damage or loss, but the Festival, its management, and its juries cannot assume liability for damage or loss.

For further information, contact:

Jewish Film Institute
Programming Department
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
T: 415.621.0556 x202
F: 415.621.0568
E: programming@jfi.org

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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