JFI Filmmaker Residency

The Jewish Film Institute provides creative, marketing and production support for filmmakers in residence who are in various stages of completion on their projects. Our first annual Filmmaker Residency program launched in 2012 to support independent filmmakers whose work promotes the exploration and understanding of Jewish identity.

The Filmmaker Residency includes:

  • JFI staff consultations in film production, development and marketing
  • Private office space at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center
  • Access to Ninth Street Film Center's intimate 80-seat screening room
  • Marketing and publicity support through JFI channels
  • A Meet & Greet with many of the Bay Area's film industry professionals

Applications are now closed for 2018 JFI Filmmaker Residency

Applications for the 2018 JFI Filmmaker Residency are now closed.  Applications will open again in Summer 2018. Please email programming@jfi.org with any questions.

How to Apply

JFI Filmmakers in Residence are selected in concert with the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, which places applicants with organizations in the collective whose mission most closely align with the artist's work. Participating organizations include the Jewish Film Institute, Center for Asian American Media, Frameline and the San Francisco Green Film Festival. 

How to Apply

Current Residents

The 2018 Filmmakers in Residence are Marc Smolowitz and Ben Berkowitz, currently at work on two very different projects which exemplify JFI's commitment to showcasing diverse and unique stories. Read on for descriptions of each filmmaker's project and their goals for the JFI Filmmaker Residency. 

Current Filmmakers in Residence

Former Residents

Since 2012, the Jewish Film Institute and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival have nurtured emerging filmmakers in the residence program. Residents often screen completed work at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival or a separate year-round event. 

Former Filmmakers in Residence

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