SF Jewish Film Festival is First Jewish film Festival to Become an Academy Award® Qualifying Festival

Now a qualifying film festival for the Documentary Short Subject Academy Award.

San Francisco, CA — The Jewish Film Institute announced today that the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is now a qualifying film festival in the Academy Award® Documentary Short Subject category. SFJFF is the first Jewish film festival to achieve this Academy Award® qualifying status. Recipients of SFJFF’s juried Best Short Documentary Award will be eligible for consideration in the Academy Award® Documentary Short Subject category provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

“We are honored to have SFJFF join a select group of qualifying festivals for the Short Documentary Oscar®. We are very happy that our filmmakers will have this added benefit when they screen at our Festival,” Jay Rosenblatt, JFI’s Program Director, said.

SFJFF joins Sundance, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Camerimage, New Directors/New Films and others as a Documentary Short Subject qualifying film festival.

“Short films are a unique medium. They are often a launch pad for new artistic voices and perspectives,” Lexi Leban, JFI’s Executive Director said. “We are thrilled to be selected by the Academy as an Oscar® qualifying Festival, so that we can shine a brighter spotlight on these compelling, independent new works.”

In light of this development, the Festival has decided to extend its Call for Entries for short documentary submissions until April 27, 2018. Submission information can be found online at www.jfi.org/submit-2018.

The 38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns July 19 — August 5, 2018. The full program for SFJFF38 will be revealed on June 19, 2018. The Festival is expecting an audience of over 40,000 moviegoers in San Francisco, the East Bay, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.

About the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), presented by the Jewish Film Institute, is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind and a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring the complexities of Jewish life around the world. Presenting more than 65 films and 135 individual screenings, performances and events in five Bay Area cities (San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Oakland, Berkeley), SFJFF attracts more than 40,000 filmgoers and industry professionals to its 18-day program.

Inspiring communities to expand their understanding of Jewish life through film, media and dialogue. Presented by the Jewish Film Institute! www.jfi.org

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