27th Annual

The Boston Jewish Film Festival - Short Film Competition

November 05, 2015 to November 17, 2015

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Short Film Competition
Every year the Boston Jewish Film Festival selects 7-10 short films with Jewish themes from around the world. We invite a group of judges to choose their favorites. We screen the films during the Festival and the audience votes for the winner via text on the night of the event. 1st place winner: $1500, 2nd place: $1000 Supported in part by a Young Adult Community Grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.


The Boston Jewish Film Festival presents the best contemporary films from around the world on Jewish themes at its annual Festival and throughout the year. Through features, shorts, documentaries, and conversations with visiting artists, the Festival explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience, and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world.


Founded by filmmaker Michal Goldman in 1989, The Boston Jewish Film Festival has grown from 10 screenings to more than 40 at our Boston and Brookline venues – the Museum of Fine Arts and the Coolidge Corner Theatre – and additional screenings throughout the Greater Boston area. In the past 25 years the Festival has presented nearly 1,000 films - many of them US or Massachusetts premieres – and welcomed more than 200,000 audience members. Many of the films we have shown have gone on to be nominated for or win Academy Awards, including The Pianist (winner, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, 2002), Nowhere in Africa (winner, Best Foreign Film, 2002), and The Personals (winner, Best Short-Subject Documentary, 1998). We bring visiting artists from around the world to introduce their films, answer audience questions, and participate in panel discussions. We also offer many live events, from pre-screening music, to new scores to accompany silent films, to full-fledged post-screening concerts and dance performances.


Isabella Tassinari (Production Associate); Jaymie Saks (Executive Director); Nyssy Clark (Festival Producer)


We screen films and videos that highlight the Jewish experience; deal with themes of Jewish culture/heritage/history; or are of particular interest to the Jewish community.

Submissions to the Short Film Competition must be under 30 minutes and must not have previously screened in the Boston area.

If you are submitting a digital screener, we ask that you upload it to Vimeo or Youtube and email us a password protected link at programming@bjff.org.

Submissions over 30 minutes may apply to our Festival, also listed in WAB.


We do require that our films be Boston area premieres, and that they don't open theatrically or show on domestic TV or VOD prior to the final date of the Festival.