Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival is part of the annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival year-round programming.

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. We use various venues throughout San Diego County, playing to roughly 20,000 patrons every year.

Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival presents short 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. Awards will be selected by a distinguished panel of Jurors.

Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival Dates:
October 23-25, 2020

Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival Jury awards:
Best Short Film
Best Short Director
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Narrative
Special Juror’s Award

Panel of Jurors: A jury will select the top short films in the above categories.

(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. The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.

The film should run 30 minutes or less.

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.

Fee waiver: please understand that the Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival relies on submission fees and only grants waivers when necessary. You must fill out a waiver form in order to be considered for a waiver of the submission fee. Please contact us before submitting your short film:

Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival does not pay a screening fee and your film may be screened multiple times at the Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival (October 23-25, 2020).

SDIJFF Feature films submission:

Overall Rating
  • Great films and great audiences! Definitely submit to this one!

    February 2020
  • Honored to reach semi-finalist step, a good communication and good organisation I invite filmmakers to submit their works !

    October 2019
  • Laure Sullivan

    The Short Film Showcase was really well curated. The works were diverse and it was nice to have a whole weekend of just shorts. Proud to have had my film be a part of this strong program.

    October 2019
  • Katie Green

    The Maaleh Film School of Jerusalem has been working with the Joyce Forum Short Film Showcase for years, and what a pleasure it has been! We are wowed by the team's dedication to the raw talent of new filmmakers, and by their willingness screen Israel's thousand different faces, without prejudice or preconceived notions. We hope we will have the honor of showing our films at SDJFF for many years to come.

    October 2019
  • Marian Hofstein

    The Joyce Forum JFF, held at the Lawrence Family JCC, is a top-notch festival comprised of a warm and friendly staff, a well organized selection committee, and a film-savvy audience. We, the writers, producers, and director of REFUGE thank you all for a fantastic festival experience!

    September 2019