The 30th annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival will be held February 12 (Special Underwriter Preview Night), February 13-23, 2020. We use various venues throughout San Diego County, playing to roughly 20,000 patrons every year. Since its inception in 1990, the SDIJFF has become one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals of its kind, and has the highest attendance of any Jewish cultural event in San Diego County.

The SDIJFF presents feature-length documentary, narrative and animated films along with a national and 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 (Brews & Views), a film for teens, and a film for young adults in their 20’s, 30's and 40’s.

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

(We do not offer cash prizes.)

For the film to be considered, it must have Jewish content: themes, culture, history or include a Jewish character – or by Jewish directors (which do not require Jewish content in the film). The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2018.

The film should run 40 minutes or longer.

If the film is not in English, it must have 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.

Overall Rating
  • Matt Sivertson

    I had the pleasure of having our film Love All You Have Left at the 2018 San Diego Jewish Film Festival and it was a wonderful experience. The collection of films at the festival were entertaining and thought provoking. The audiences were fantastic, and it was so easy to speak to people and get feedback on your film. I'd definitely recommend this festival and look forward to attending next year.

    February 2018