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 23rd through May 3rd, 2020, 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, and emphasis is placed on collaboration with other organizations throughout the year.

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 27th annual JFilm Festival will take place April 23rd through May 3rd, 2020. 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 for films are $20.00 until September 1, $30 from September 1 through September 30, and $40.00 from October 1 - October 31. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Film submissions will not be considered complete and your film will not be previewed until the submission fee has been paid.

Please submit online via FilmFreeway.

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.

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