JFI Filmmaker Residency

Call for Entries Now Closed

The 2022 Residents will be announced during JFI's HanukkahFest in December.


JFI’s national, year-long Filmmaker-in-Residence program provides creative, marketing, and production support for filmmakers exploring and expanding thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture and identity.


What the Residency Offers:

  • Monthly cohort support meetings
  • Skill-building trainings with industry leaders
  • Annual expense-paid convening at JFI's Summer Film Festival (SFJFF), health guidelines permitting
  • Pitch Training and Forum
  • Passes to JFI programming
  • Promotion through JFI channels for the life of the project
  • Access to a screening room and test audiences for WIPs
  • Consultations with JFI staff on marketing, fundraising, and exhibition
  • Filmmakers located in the Bay Area are also eligible to apply for editing space in the 9th Street Media Center

Submission Criteria:

  • 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 health and safety conditions allow, residents will participate in an in-person convening, coinciding with the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival at the end of July. Residents will receive passes to participate in all the festival screenings, panels, and parties as well as special training culminating in a pitch forum.

This residency is open to filmmakers across the United States, but Bay Area applicants can also apply for in-kind editing space at the 9th Street Media 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.

Call for Entries is now closed.

For more information, contact jewishfilm@jfi.org.

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"The JFI residency provides access to a talented cohort of filmmakers, and pre-pandemic, a studio space where I could focus on my film with no distractions. The JFI staff is beyond helpful and very flexible in helping with all aspects of my film, from fundraising, to rough cut feedback, and providing connections to the wider JFI community."

Theo Rigby (2020 Resident)

Current Residents

The 2021 Filmmakers-in-Residence, Malena Barrios, Andrew Garbus, Lauren Greenhall, Holden Kepecs, Rebecca Pierce, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Joanna Rudnick, and Debra Schaffner, are currently at work on very different projects which exemplify JFI's commitment to showcasing diverse and unique stories. Read on for descriptions of each filmmaker's project and their goals for the JFI Filmmaker Residency. 

Current Filmmakers-in-Residence

Filmmakers in Residence Alumni Cohort

Since 2012, the Jewish Film Institute and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival have nurtured  filmmakers through our Filmmaker-In-Residence program. Residents often screen completed work at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival or a separate year-round event. 

Former Filmmakers in Residence

This program is supported in part by funds from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts

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