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At the CJFF, our goal is to inspire movie-goers to expand their understanding of Jewish culture and to bring a wide-variety of entertaining films, wit... More
At the CJFF, our goal is to inspire movie-goers to expand their understanding of Jewish culture and to bring a wide-variety of entertaining films, with a Jewish lens, to our community. We promote films that have a Jew-ish connection to life, culture, history both on-screen and behind-the-scenes. To qualify as a CJFF submission, films must meet the basic category requirements and resonate with our Jewish community. Less

To qualify as a CJFF submission, Short Films must meet the basic category requirements and themes of the Feature Film category. While Feature Films mu... More
To qualify as a CJFF submission, Short Films must meet the basic category requirements and themes of the Feature Film category. While Feature Films must be between 40 and 150 minutes, Short Film Submissions must be under 40 minutes including all intros and credits. Less

Entering its 5th year, the CJFF is returning with its Student Filmmaker Competition. We’re looking for student filmmakers of all experience leve... More
Entering its 5th year, the CJFF is returning with its Student Filmmaker Competition. We’re looking for student filmmakers of all experience levels to share previously created or new narrative or documentary short films (an original motion picture that has a running time between 3 and 10 minutes, including all credits) that thematically aligns with the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival. Filmmakers must reside in the Chicagoland area/suburbs (this includes parts of Wisconsin and Indiana) or be participants in a JCC Chicago program (including Camp Chi, Springboard, etc.) If your address or proof of participation in a JCC program is not included with your submission, your film will not be considered. This year there will be 3 age group categories: • Middle School: 11-14yrs • High School: 15-18yrs • College & Post Grad: 19-24 CJFF is looking for student film submissions that reflect one of or all the core values of our festival and community within the story: Compassion, Peace, Justice or Honor. Compassion – A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Peace – A state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations. Normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security. Freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, tranquility, serenity. Justice – The quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness. To uphold the justice of a cause. A moral principle determining just conduct. The conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing or treatment. Honor – Honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions, a source of credit or distinction, a high respect, as for worth, merit or rank. ----- Prizes include: Cash, GoPro Hero 5 Camera donated by ABT Electronics, Full scholarship to Facets Kids Summer Camp summer program ($450), Class at Actors Training Center, 1 year membership to Chicago Filmmakers Less


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