Thanks for a great 2019 JFilm Festival!

Submissions for the 2020 JFilm Festival are slated for July 2019. Please check back!

The annual JFilm Festival presents international Jewish-themed films that deepen audiences’ understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance, and our common humanity. The 2019 festival takes place March 7-17 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


The JFilm Festival is open to any and all independent filmmakers, including college and graduate level film students, as well as professionals in the field. Eligible films must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Must be a Pittsburgh premiere (no prior public Pittsburgh screenings or TV broadcasts)
  • Films completed in 2017 or later
  • Foreign language films must have English subtitles
  • Length: thirty-five (35) minutes or longer
  • Acceptable genres include narrative, documentary, or animated films
  • Submissions must contain an essence of Jewishness as represented by theme, history or culture

Jewish-themed films that are 35-minutes or less should be submitted to the Robinson International Short Film Competition.

Entry Form

All applicants must complete an online entry form. Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate entry form and fee.

The following info is needed to complete the entry form:

  • Film synopsis (50 word maximum)
  • Country of origin
  • Type of film (narrative, doc or animation)
  • Length of film
  • Screening and broadcast history
  • Honors and awards
  • Filmmaker’s contact information, biography (100 word maximum)
  • Personal statement (100 word maximum)
Entry Format:

Please submit via an online link and include password on registration form. Password should not be time sensitive as the previewing committee watches films for several months. 

Exhibition Formats: 

DCP with Blu-ray backup


Entries are due October 31, 2018

Entry Fee

Through August 31: $15
Through September 30: $25
After September 30: $35

Payments must be made online with a credit card or mailed in the form of a U.S. bank check or money order. Personal checks from outside the U.S. are not accepted. Do not send cash.


Audience Awards are given for “Best Narrative” and “Best Documentary” at the JFilm Festival.


Filmmakers will be notified of their selection status by February 8, 2019.

Submit your Film

Terms and Conditions

Film Pittsburgh is not responsible for late, lost, damaged or ineligible entries. Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their submitted films. By submitting to this festival, the entrant certifies that they have the legal right to submit and exhibit the film. The applicant is responsible and liable for any breach of rights or the law in the submission and exhibition process. By submitting your film you give Film Pittsburgh the right to exhibit your film at the JFilm Festival. Entrants may be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their film is original and that he/she holds all rights. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the entrant. The undersigned assumes responsibility to ensure the submission payment information is complete and correct and agrees to reimburse Film Pittsburgh for any additional fees incurred by incorrect submission payments, submission disputes, and credit card chargebacks. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Film Pittsburgh for any and all fees, claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving submission payment disputes, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the content submitted and/or screened. By entering the festival, the entrant grants the right to publish or transmit portions of the film for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, entry constitutes permission to use winners’ name, likeness, and voice for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Void where prohibited.