As much a labor of love as a mission, The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival strives to bring the finest examples of cinema from around the world to South Florida. The chosen films are as diverse as our community. Some focus on Jewish issues, others spotlight Jewish achievement and valor; still others simply document Jewish culture, arts, and history. All of our films celebrate the Jewish experience. Founded in 1990 the festival continues to grow and evolve as we continue to expand our selection of narrative features, short films and documentaries to reflect the tastes and needs of our audience. In addition, now as a year round film department we continue the process of engaging, entertaining and educating through film all year.

Serving over 16,000 film-goers year round, the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival gets bigger and better every year!

Prizes are not monetary. Audience Awards are given for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Short. Films are selected by the audience. Winners are notified. Names of winners are also posted on the film festival website:
Winning films may be asked back to be featured in encore series.

1. All films should have strong Jewish content, entertain and educate on Jewish themes, history, traditions, lifestyle, spirituality, arts or culture. Films can range from comedic to dramatic, features, shorts, documentaries and animation.


2. All films must be made in 2019 or later and cannot have screened in the Palm Beach County area beforehand, cannot have aired on network television in the United States, and is not available online or VOD to be eligible.

3. Submission Format
Films must be submitted EITHER via online screener or by DVD. The tracking number, film title, film category and running time MUST be clearly labeled on DVD. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned. Shipment cost of submission package is the responsibility of the submitting party.

If mailing a DVD, please send to:
Ashley Simmons
The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
5221 Hood Rd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
(561) 712-5200

4. Entry fee is $25 USD. The entry fee is non-refundable.

5. Festival Screenings
DMEPBJFF has the capability to screen Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support 35mm, Super 16mm, HD Cam or double-head formats.

Preferred formats are DCP with a Bluray backup (NTSC) or an unused DVD backup. If DCP is not available, please inform us.

Films in the festival program must arrive at the festival office no later than 3 weeks before the start of the festival.

Ship films to:
Ashley Simmons
The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
5221 Hood Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
(561) 712-5200

8. Marketing Materials
Upon acceptance to the festival, please send hi-res images, trailer and press kit to
If sending a physical poster, filmmaker/distributor must incur the shipment cost.

9. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of DMEPBJFF. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, DMBEPBJFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. DMEPBJFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

9.Return of Festival Films
All films will be returned after April 1, 2022. Please allow 1-2 weeks.

Overall Rating
  • Benny Goldman

    Very warm and welcoming festival. Ellen and Mario were always communicative and helpful every step of the way.
    Thanks for having my short film 'The Thing About Betsy Bloom' as part of the festival.

    February 2019