How to Apply

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 with any questions.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Residency are now closed.

For further information, contact:
Jewish Film Institute
Programming Department
T: 415.621.0556 x202
F: 415.621.0568

The JFI Filmmaker Residency program is an affiliate of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center's Media Arts Incubator Program which offers access to workspace, knowledge sharing, outreach opportunities, networking events, meeting and exhibition space on an annual basis. A home for media arts for over a decade, the Ninth Street Independent Film Center nurtures groundbreaking independent media projects through the support of its principal partners: the Jewish Film Institute, Frameline, the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Center for Asian American Media.

The Ninth Street Media Arts Incubator Program is generously supported by the San Francisco Film Commission.

Filmmaker Residency: FAQ

Each residency is awarded on an annual (12 month) basis. Projects will be selected and paired with one of the Ninth Street Film Center's principal partners. Each resident filmmaker is provided with 100 sq. ft of individual workspace, access to all shared spaces and 5 hours of free meeting or exhibition per month in the well-appointed Ninth Street screening room (particularly of value to filmmakers, in production and post-production).

There is no submission fee, but there is a one-time enrollment fee of $500 for each participating filmmaker.

Preference is given to film projects that are mission-aligned with at least one of the participating film organizations. To ensure that projects have recognizable social, cultural and artistic value and a strong likelihood of completion, enrolled filmmakers are paired with either JFI, Frameline, CAAM or SFGFF to increase cross-marketing and authentic collaborative opportunities such as co-sponsored film screenings and introductions to potential funders and supporters.

Selections are made via an Advisory Committee with a representative from each participating Ninth Street film organization:

  • Center for Asian American Media: Festival & Exhibitions Director, Masashi Niwano;
  • Frameline: Director of Exhibition & Programming, Des Buford
  • Jewish Film Institute: Programmer, Joshua Moore
  • San Francisco Green Film Festival: Executive Director, Rachel Caplan
  • Ninth Street: former Executive Director, Skye Christensen

Past filmmakers participants have expressed that the program has elevated their status in the film community, lead to additional in-house and outside recognition and resources, aided in securing funding, and provided valuable peer-to-peer interaction.

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