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Submissions for the 2022 JFilm Festival are now closed.

Pittsburgh’s JFilm Festival presents international films that deepen audiences’ understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance, and our common humanity. Started in 1994, it has become the biggest Jewish cultural event in the Pittsburgh region with more than 4,000 attendees every year.

JFilm is designed for people of all races, religions, ages, and abilities and attracts lovers of international, independent Jewish-themed films. The festival features Pittsburgh film premieres, amazing guest speakers and visiting filmmakers, inspiring conversations, parties and receptions, and other special events that celebrate the best of Jewish film from around the world!

Our 2022 festival will be held in person April 28 through May 8, at a venue to be announced soon.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

Submissions are accepted for the annual JFilm Festival as well as other year-round programming. The 28th annual JFilm Festival will take place April 22 through May 2, 2021. JFilm presents narrative, documentary and animated films with Jewish and/or Israeli content. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English. Films that are 35-minutes or less should be submitted to the Robinson International Short Film Competition. Submission fees increase over time so submit early. Rates can be found below.

Entry Fee

By September 30: $20
By November 30: $30
By January 31: $40

Entries are due January 31, 2022.

Entry fees are non-refundable. Films will not be considered complete and your film will not be previewed until the submission fee has been paid.


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 2019 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:

  • Print Source name, address, phone, e-mail, and website link (if applicable)
  • Film synopsis (50 word maximum)
  • Country of origin, release year, running time, language(s) spoken in film
  • Type of film (narrative, doc or animation)
  • Publicity materials: press reviews, awards and nominations, screening and broadcast history, and other relevant materials
  • Filmmaker’s contact information, biography (100 word maximum)
  • Personal statement (100 word maximum)
Entry Format:

Please submit online via FilmFreeway.

Exhibition Formats: 

DCP & Blu-ray


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.