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|Narrative (Fiction) film or video
|A non-fiction or "actuality" film or video.
|SFJFF shorts may screen with features or on occasion, in a shorts program. Short Films selected in for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival are eligible for the Film Movement Award. The SFJFF Film Movement Award, honors achievement in short filmmaking that expresses the Jewish experience in a unique, original, and meaningful way, or provides a fresh perspective on diversity within the Israeli community. Shorts of any genre or style – live action, animation, documentary, etc. – are eligible for the award.
The award-winner will receive the option of a non-exclusive distribution deal with Film Movement, for their project to be released on DVD and via streaming, paired with a feature selected by the distributor.
|Best Short Documentary Award. This juried award honors achievements in short documentary filmmaking. All selected short documentaries in the Festival are eligible.
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.
Short Films selected in for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival are eligible for the Film Movement Award. The SFJFF Film Movement Award, honors achievement in short filmmaking that expresses the Jewish experience in a unique, original, and meaningful way, or provides a fresh perspective on diversity within the Israeli community. Shorts of any genre or style – live action, animation, documentary, etc. – are eligible for the award. The award-winner will receive the option of a non-exclusive distribution deal with Film Movement, for their project to be released on DVD and via streaming, paired with a feature selected by the distributor.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
After over three decades of leadership as the premier launch pad for Jewish film and media, we are proud to announce our new name—the Jewish Film Institute—which better captures the breadth, scope, and importance of the current role and services we provide to our community in the Bay Area and beyond.
The Jewish Film Institute is the premier curatorial voice for Jewish film and media internationally and a leading arts organization in the Bay Area. We have introduced audiences to new voices, ground-breaking stories, and thought-provoking content, inspiring communities to expand their understanding of Jewish life through film, media, and dialogue.
Our programs reflect those traditions in Jewish thought and history that respect the human rights and dignity of all people, explore the nature of racial prejudice, generate thought provoking cross cultural dialogues with other ethnic communities and encourage audiences to question their deeply held values and beliefs.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Acclaimed as the most beloved and successful Jewish community event in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the oldest and largest Jewish Film Festival in the world. Our Bay Area audience has grown to over 35,00 people, becoming larger and more diverse each year. This growth is a direct result of our commitment to screening films that explore relationships between Jews and other groups such as African Americans, Latinos, Arabs, Asians, Palestinians and others, and to exploring how we, as Jews, express our Arab and Latino(a) identities. The Festival now has a home in five cities around the Bay -- San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Rafael. Our online shorts series has over 1.5 million views.
Because of the popularity and effectiveness of film as a teacher, story-teller, documentarian and keeper/creator of vision, the Jewish Film Festival is in a unique position to help foster a renaissance in Jewish life, and to communicate images of Jewish identity that are positive, relevant and authentic.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is now an Academy Award® qualifying film festival in the Documentary Short Subject category.
Jay Rosenblatt (Program Director); Joshua Moore (Programmer)
You may submit your film to the 2018 SFJFF beginning on October 2, 2017.
There is only one deadline for the Festival: February 11, 2018.
All entries must be RECEIVED by February 11, 2018.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival showcases new independent American and international Jewish-subject cinema. Now in its 38th year, the Festival is the oldest and most prestigious Jewish Film Festival in the world, with total attendance of approximately 35,000. The Festival presents dramatic, documentary, television, experimental, and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity. The 38th festival will be held at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre, with additional screenings in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.
Deadline and Fees
All entries must be RECEIVED by February 11, 2018.
$25 - Shorts (under 50 min)
$35- Features (over 50 min)
Complete entry forms can be found at the Festival’s web site at jfi.org
Look for the “2018 CALL FOR ENTRIES” link on our homepage and submit through the withoutabox link.
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 can be either online links or DVD (NTSC format preferred; PAL and non-region 1 DVD permitted). 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, 2018 or earlier.
Packaging & Labeling
If mailing a DVD, please label your DVD with the title, director’s name, shipper's name (if different from director) and shipper's address.
Returning Preview DVDs
We are not able to return preview DVDs unless you include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your entry. If you choose not to include a stamped self-addressed envelope and your film is not accepted into the Festival, your submission(s) will be destroyed.
Cost of Shipping Previews
All preview DVDs costs, TO and FROM the Festival, must be paid by the sender.
We suggest that entries from outside of the U.S. be sent via Air Mail Registered or by an express service. We cannot accept preview entries shipped via air freight if customs and delivery fees have not been prepaid.
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.
You will be notified of the outcome by email by June 8, 2018.
To enter works or for further information, contact:
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
DVD screeners will not be returned unless you include a postage-paid return envelope.
You must affirm with your signature on the entry form that you are authorized to submit this film/video to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. If your film 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.