The 28th annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival will be held February 7-18, 2018. We use various venues throughout San Diego County, playing to roughly 20,000 patrons every year. Since its inception in 1990, the SDJFF has become one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals of its kind, and is the highest attended Jewish cultural event in San Diego County.

The SDJFF presents feature length documentary, narrative and animated films along with an international roster of guest speakers and directors. We offer an array of films that depict elements of Jewish life, history and culture or are films by Jewish directors (which possibly have no Jewish content). The film festival also includes a collection of short films, a film for teens, and a film for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s.

Awards & Prizes

Audience Choice Awards:
Best Narrative Feature- 1st, 2nd, 3rd places
Best Documentary Feature-1st, 2nd, 3rd places

(Unfortunately, we do not offer cash prizes.)

Rules & Terms

For the film to be considered, it must have Jewish content: themes, culture, history or include a Jewish character – or – be directed by a filmmaker of Jewish heritage.

The film should be 40-minutes in length or longer.

If the film is not in English, there must be English subtitles.

Please include a notation in the film’s description which indicates the Jewish content in the film, or a notation to as the Jewish heritage of the director.

Short films submission:

Fee waiver: please understand that the San Diego Jewish Film Festival relies on submission fees and only grants waivers when necessary. A form will need to be filled out to determine if you can receive a waiver. Please contact us before submitting your short film: