JFI Filmmakers in Residence Program
Posted: Sep 14, 2022
The JFI Filmmakers in Residence Program is a year-long, competitive artist residency that provides creative, marketing, and production support for emerging and established filmmakers whose projects explore and expand thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, life, culture, and identity. This page contains all information for filmmakers to submit their documentary projects to the 2023 Filmmaker Residency. Applications are accepted September 7 – October 31, 2022 via Film Freeway by clicking on the link: https://filmfreeway.com/JewishFilmInstitute-Residency
Independent feature or short-form documentary projects in web, series, or hybrid form are eligible.
Projects can be in any stage from development through completion. Filmmakers must have sample footage to share when applying and be ready and willing to workshop their work during the program.
Filmmakers must have copyright and creative control of their projects.
Filmmakers can commit to up to 10 hours a month for cohort meetings and workshops.
Attendance is required at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in July.
Student, educational, or promotional projects are not eligible for the Residency.
Residents may not be a JFI employee or member of the JFI board and must be at least 18 years old.
Residents must agree to offer JFI a "first look" and first right of refusal for a potential Bay Area premiere at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and/or other JFI exhibition venues. (Please note: this is for Bay Area premiere only)
Residents must agree to acknowledge support by the Jewish Film Institute in onscreen, web and printed materials.
As public health guidelines allow, residents participate in in-person convenings, coinciding with the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in July–August. Residents receive passes to participate in all SFJFF screenings, panels, parties, and industry events.
Filmmakers from anywhere in the world may apply but must be able to make regular meetings occurring on Pacific Time in the United States. Applicants located in the San Francisco Bay Area may also apply for in-kind editing space at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Office space availability is subject to San Francisco public health guidelines.
Selections are made by Jewish Film Institute's staff based on artistic merit, the strength of the filmmaking team, the status of the project, the likelihood that it will be completed, and its alignment with JFI's mission, vision, and values. The year-long residency is not open to educational or promotional projects, student work, or films already in distribution.
More details here: https://jfi.org/for-filmmakers/filmmakers-in-residence/application-guidelines