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19-Apr-2014 12:42pm PDT  

 

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

34 Annual July 24, 2014 to August 10, 2014

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145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
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Phone: 415-621-0556
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jewishfilm@sfjff.org
http://www.sfjff.org

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature
Narrative (Fiction) film or video
Documentary
A non-fiction or "actuality" film or video.
Narrative Short
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.
Documentary Short
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
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is proud to be entering our third decade of service to the Jewish community and to the independent filmmakers whose creativity drives our program. Our work has defined the role of film in creating a unique opportunity to strengthen community consciousness about Jewish identity, history and culture.

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.

ORGANIZERS
Jay Rosenblatt (Program Director) ; Joshua Moore (Associate Programmer)

GENERAL RULES
34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 10 - July 27, 2014

ENTRY GUIDELINES

There is only one deadline for the Festival: March 3, 2014.
All entries must be POSTMARKED by March 3, 2014.

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival showcases new independent American and international Jewish-subject cinema. Now in its 34th year, the Festival is the oldest and largest Jewish Film Festival in the world, with total attendance of approximately 35,000. The Festival presents dramatic, documentary, experimental, and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity. The 34th festival will be held July 10 - 27, 2014 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 POSTMARKED by March 3, 2014.
$25 - Shorts (under 50 min)
$35- Features (over 50 min)


Exhibition Formats and Subtitling
The Festival screens DCP, HDCam, ProRes, BluRay, 35mm, and Digibeta (NTSC and PAL. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

Premiere Status
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.

Rough Cuts
The SFJFF accepts rough cuts of almost completed films as Festival entries. Rough cut entries must have an expected completion date of May 1, 2014 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.

International Entries
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.

Authorization
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/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.

Notification
You will be notified of the outcome by email by June 2, 2014.

To enter works or for further information, contact:

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
145 Ninth Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.621.0556 tel
415.621.0568 fax
http://www.sfjff.org
Email: jewishfilm@sfjff.org

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Tapes 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/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.