24th Annual

Seattle Jewish Film Festival

March 23, 2019 to March 31, 2019

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3801 E. Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040
Phone: 206-388-0833

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Narrative Feature
Features: minimum 40 minutes
Narrative Short
Narrative Short: max 40 minutes
Documentary Feature
minimum 40 minutes
Documentary Short
max 40 minutes


Through cinema, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival celebrates and examines the complexity and diversity of the global Jewish and Israeli experience and film-making to build community that is more aware of and connected to Jewish life, culture and creativity.


Laugh.Cry.Love.Debate.Celebrate. To Life! The annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an 10-day international and year-round cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish & Israeli life, culture, identity and history, with an emphasis on human rights, interfaith dialogue, and community building. SJFF is the premiere public program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center.

Founded in 1995, SJFF has grown dramatically in size and reputation into the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish cultural and arts event in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the largest of its kind in the US. SJFF welcomes 8,000 attendees annually from across the Greater Seattle area and Pacific NW. We screen films in Seattle, Tacoma and the Eastside. The Seattle Weekly praises SJFF as the best ethnic film festival in our region, with a breadth and quality second only to the Seattle International Film Festival. Screenings are supplemented by guest speakers and performing artists, providing a dynamic forum for dialogue and cultural programming, such as musicians, comedy performances, curated thematic exhibits, youth education and special events. SJFF also mounts numerous special and social events for patrons and VIPs, including filmmaker dinners.

Moviegoers cast their ballots for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short, with winners receiving the SJFF Audience Choice Award. SJFF has also partnered with Indieflix.com to present a cash prize for Best Online Streaming Short Film.


As an international Jewish Film Festival, submissions should have recognizable Jewish or Israeli content. In other words, SJFF films illuminate something about the Jewish global or Israeli experience, life, history, culture, identity, community and values or sensibility. The mere fact that you are a Jewish/Israeli filmmaker or your film contains a Jewish character is not sufficient for consideration or inclusion, but feel free in your submission materials to expound on Jewish sensibility, values, humor - as this content can be subtle. We are excited by films that address untold stories, human rights and social justice, multiculturalism and interfaith relations, and are eager for comedies and lighter fare, as you might imagine.


The Seattle Jewish Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Seattle Jewish Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.