JFI Filmmaker Residency

The Jewish Film Institute provides creative, marketing and production support for filmmakers in residence who are in various stages of completion on their projects. Our first annual Filmmaker Residency program launched in 2012 to support independent filmmakers whose work promotes the exploration and understanding of Jewish identity and culture.

The Filmmaker Residency includes:

  • JFI staff consultations in film production, development and marketing
  • Private office space at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center
  • Access to Ninth Street Film Center's intimate 80-seat screening room
  • Marketing and publicity support through JFI channels
  • A Meet & Greet with many of the Bay Area's film industry professionals
  • Industry Pass to JFI's WinterFest and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

This program is supported in part by funds from the California Arts Council

How to Apply

JFI Filmmakers in Residence are selected by the Jewish Film Institute's Programming Department and works are considered that provide a meaningful contribution to the understanding of global Jewish life. Works in all formats and stages of completion are considered.

How to Apply

Current Residents

The 2019 Filmmakers in Residence are Eva Brzeski, Sari Gilman, Yoav Potash, and Steven Pressman, 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

Former Residents

Since 2012, the Jewish Film Institute and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival have nurtured emerging filmmakers in the residence program. Residents often screen completed work at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival or a separate year-round event. 

Former Filmmakers in Residence

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