Boston Jewish Film celebrates the richness of the Jewish experience through film and media. BJF engages and inspires the community to explore the full spectrum of Jewish life, values, and culture.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival is a destination for community to get together to see and talk about international films on Jewish topics and themes. In our 30 years, we’ve shown films to hundreds of thousands of filmgoers. Now presenting more than 60 screenings at venues throughout Greater Boston, the Boston Jewish Film Festival has welcomed 300,000 audience members.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival FRESHFLIX Short Film Competition:

Every year the Boston Jewish Film Festival selects 7-10 short films with Jewish themes from around the world. We invite a group of judges to choose their favorites. We screen the films during the Festival and the audience votes for the winner via text on the night of the event. 1st place winner: $750, 2nd place: $500.

To qualify for the FreshFlix short film competition films must be made in 2017 or later, be no longer than 30 minutes, cannot have screened in the Boston Area, and must include Jewish content. Films submitted for the short film competition will be reviewed by a jury, and the winner will be selected by the audience. Films submitted but not accepted to the competition may be accepted to other sections of the Festival.

All feature films must be made in 2017 or later and cannot have screened in the Greater Boston area, cannot have aired on television in the United States, and cannot be available online or on VOD to be eligible.

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  • elizabeth rynecki

    It was an honor to have CHASING PORTRAITS selected for the BJFF and to be screened at the MFA. We had a sold out crowd and a fantastic Q&A. It was an honor to be part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    We loved having you here in Boston and sharing CHASING PORTRAITS with our community!