The goal of the Columbia Jewish Film Festival is to provide meaningful, thought-provoking theatrical content with Jewish themes while creating an enjoyable and exciting experience for all moviegoers. For the second straight year, we are inviting high school students to compete in a short film competition

The short film competition is for high school students (grades 9-12) who are currently living in South Carolina and it is open to the entire community. The film festival is seeking student filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Filmmakers do not have to be Jewish to submit an entry. Films in any genre will be accepted – fictional, documentaries, news story formats, etc. using the theme Identity: It’s All About Me! Students are invited to explore this theme in a way they feel would promote dialogue while addressing issues that are at the forefront of today’s headlines.

The winning films will be chosen by a panel of judges. Judging is based on creativity, overall quality and production, and execution of the film based on the theme Identity: It’s All About Me! Presentations of awards and screening of the winning films will be held at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, SC on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at 3:00 pm.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

1st Prize is $500
2nd Prize is $300
3rd Prize is $200


1. Create a short film, following the contest guidelines.
2. Entries are being accepted now, but the deadline is midnight October 1, 2016.
3. Upload your film to either YouTube or Vimeo, two standard sharing sites. It’s easy to set up an account if you don’t have one. DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FILM ON THE FilmFreeway SITE.
4. Tag your video with ‘CJ Film Festival’ once you’ve uploaded it.
5. Complete the official registration form available on the festival website. All information must be accurate and complete including working YouTube or Vimeo link to your short film entry.
6. You will receive a confirmation email from the Columbia Jewish Film Festival when both your video and registration form have been uploaded.


1. Each entrant must be a high school student (grades 9-12) currently living in South Carolina.
2. Each entrant may only enter once.
3. Films must be at least 3 minutes long, and no longer than 6 minutes.
4. Include the tag ‘CJ Film Festival ‘when uploading to YouTube or Vimeo.
5. The theme of the film is Identity: It’s All About Me!
6. Film must abide by PG-13 guidelines.
7. Winners will be notified by the Columbia Jewish Film Festival on October 15, 2016.


Films will be judged on the following:
1. Creativity
2. Overall quality and production values
3. Use of theme