Join us for eleven days of Pittsburgh film premieres, amazing guest speakers, inspiring conversations, and special programming that celebrates the best of Jewish film from around the world!

From April 22nd through May 2nd, 2021, JFilm will present independent films from around the world to deepen both Jewish and general audiences’ understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance, and our common humanity. JFilm offerings attract those interested in international, independent and/or Jewish-themed films. A broad range of programming is designed to reach people of all races, religions, ages and abilities. As it remains unclear how the Covid-19 pandemic may effect our 2021 festival, we are preparing to present the festival as one of the following; a traditional in-person festival, an online streaming festival, or a hybrid festival including both.

Audience Awards are given for “Best Narrative” and “Best Documentary” at the JFilm Festival.

Submissions are accepted for the annual JFilm Festival as well as other year-round programming. The 28th annual JFilm Festival will take place April 22nd through May 2nd, 2021. JFilm presents narrative, documentary and animated films with Jewish and/or Israeli content. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English. Films that are 35-minutes or less should be submitted to the Robinson International Short Film Competition. Submission fees increase over time so submit early. Rates can be found below.

Blu-Ray & DCP

• Print Source name, address, phone, e-mail, and Web site link (if applicable)
• Film synopsis
• Director's bio along with contact information (if the filmmaker is traveling with film)
• Country of origin, release year, running time, language(s) spoken in the film
• Publicity materials: press reviews, awards and nominations, screening history, and any other relevant press materials.

Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate entry form and fee.

Covid 19 Policy - It remains unclear how the Covid-19 pandemic may effect our 2021 festival. Therefore, the 2021 JFilm Festival will be one of the following types of events, a traditional in-person festival, a streaming online festival, or a hybrid of both. Regardless of which version takes place, no submission fees will be refunded as long as the festival takes place.

Overall Rating
  • David Fishelson

    One of the best festivals of its kind in America. Extremely well-organized, the Directors and Selection Committees are smart, savvy tastemakers, who bring a deep knowledge of cinema, and of the vital subjects dramatized in the films, to their community. Highest rating.

    March 2019