For 20 years, the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival has been celebrating the scope of Jewish life, culture, and identity on the big screen. We share the unparalleled power of films; to entertain, to inspire, to change minds, to connect hearts, and to bring the diverse Jewish experience to life!

*Due to the pandemic, this year the NVJFF will be part of a Virtual regional festival.

All submissions must:
- Highlight an aspect of Jewish life, culture, identity, and/or history
- Be of high production value
- Have been made in 2018 or later, must be completed by August 2020.
- English language or English subtitles

Not all submissions will be accepted. Festival Committee makes the choices, and Festival Staff will notify selected filmmakers by October 15, 2020.

- Submissions should be online screeners shared via Vimeo or similar
- Films selected should be provided on DCP (shorts on DCP/BluRay)

- Films that have been screened in Northern Virginia, aired on television in the United States, or available online/VOD are not eligible, nor are films previously submitted for consideration to our festival

- With permission, fees for local filmmakers will be waived

Overall Rating
  • Marc Kornblatt

    Though I was unable to attend the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, I was delighted to have my short documentary OLD CAMERA MAN selected to play together with a wonderful full-length doc. The rest of the line-up looked terrific. Communication with the festival director was excellent. Overall, the experience was so positive, I'm hoping to attend next year.

    November 2019
  • Lex Gillespie

    My film "The Mamboniks" was the closing night feature at the 2019 Festival. It screened at the arthouse Angelika Cinema in N. VA -- a very nice and modern place to show a film. The organizers were terrific and the festival goers were very engaged and asked great questions at the QnA. Highly recommended!

    November 2019