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.

As a result of COVID-19 this will be a virtual residency and all applicants living in North America will be considered.

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
  • Marketing and publicity support through JFI channels
  • Connections with many of the Bay Area's film industry professionals
  • Industry Pass to JFI's WinterFest and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Project visibility during all JFI events including the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

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

The JFI residency has provided access to a talented and helpful cohort of filmmakers, and pre-pandemic, a studio space where I could focus on my film with no distractions. The JFI staff has been 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)

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 2021 Filmmakers in Residence are Malena Barrios, Andrew Garbus, Lauren Greenhall, Holden Kepecs, Rebecca Pierce, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Joanna Rudnick, and Debra Schaffner, 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 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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