SFJFF42: July 21 – August 7, 2022
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) showcases new, independent films from the United States and around the world that broaden our engagement with Jewish themes. Now in its 42nd year, SFJFF is the oldest and most revered Jewish film festival in the world, welcomes more than 40,000 attendees to its San Francisco Bay Area events and thousands more worldwide via its online programm. The Festival presents dramatic, documentary, television, experimental, and animated features and shorts that explore fresh, nuanced perspectives around topics of Jewish history, culture, identity, and more. SFJFF is an Academy Award® qualifying film festival in the Documentary Short Subject category.
Choices regarding venues and/or virtual screenings will be made in accordance with county mandates to prioritize the health of our staff, guests, and attendees.
Deadline and Fees
All entries must be RECEIVED by February 18, 2022.
$30 - Shorts (under 50 min)
$40- Features (over 50 min)
Complete entry forms can be found at the Festival’s web site at jfi.org
Look for the “2022 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 must be provided in the form of a video link. 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, 2022 or earlier.
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.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email by June 17, 2022.
Jewish Film Institute
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San Francisco, CA 94103
T: 415.621.0556 x202
The Jewish Film Institute champions bold films and filmmakers that expand and evolve the Jewish story for audiences everywhere. As the presenter of the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the world’s first and most revered event for independent Jewish storytelling, JFI celebrates the spirit of film, inquiry, independence, collaboration, community, and inclusion to turn conversation into action, reframe understanding of Jewish cultures and identities, and nurture networks of filmmakers and artists. The Institute’s filmmaker services include the competitive, year-long Filmmaker Residency and the JFI Completion Grants, which provide finishing funds to jury-selected projects. Free, online programming includes a popular series of Monthly Online Shorts, the JFI On Demand streaming service, and the JFI Film Archive, a curatorial history of SFJFF.