Explore the Festival through its biggest presentations, including 11 Big Night programs, the annual Take Action Day, Next Wave selections, thematic sidebars and much more. More than just films, these are events you won't want to miss.
SFJFF38's Big Nights honor stories big and small that illuminate the diversity of Jewish experiences, champion freedom of expression, and delight with their wit and charm. This year’s Festival features a silent film accompanied by a live score, partnerships with fellow arts organizations and more.Read More
As part of a special initiative supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, SFJFF38 shines a spotlight on women behind and in front of the lens shaping today’s social discourse and revolutionizing the way women are presented in film.Read More
JFI Next Wave is a community of discerning, Bay Area film lovers as well as a platform for the showcase of emerging and established filmmakers whose work explores modern life and identity through a Jewish lens, often dealing with subjects like, art, music, travel, social justice and more.Read More
Today's national conversation and political moment has inspired a powerful revolution of filmmakers applying their trade to the moment’s most pressing issues. Environmentalism, corporate accountability, scientific creativity, legal injustice and online privacy are just some of the pressing issues raised in these buzzed-about docs.Read More
The films in this sidebar, pulled together from the 1920s, post-War period and late 20th century, challenge the false narrative that portrays Austria as the original “victim” of Hitler’s imperialist expansion, despite that country’s documented complicity with the Nazi war machine.Read More
These stories spotlight compelling personal and cultural narratives that locate the grey areas in all of us and beg the question: #WhatsYourISH? This cross-sectional, thematic grouping includes uplifting musical stories, improbable friendships formed on the sports field and complicated questions of identity and belonging.Read More