JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film and Music Festivals, alongside hybrid arts programming.

Between the Festival and year-round programming, JxJ annually attracts 30,000 patrons across 180+ events held at venues throughout the DC region. One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, JxJ is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series.

Beginning in 2019, the Washington Jewish Film Festival joined forces with the Washington Jewish Music Festival to form JxJ, a multidisciplinary event celebrating Jewish and Israeli arts. The film screenings are comprised almost entirely of regional, US and world premieres. Most screenings are followed by discussions with guest filmmakers and subject matter experts.

***During the Covid-19 pandemic, most JxJ programs, including the annual Festival, were held virtually. The May 2022 Festival will be a fully live, in-person event. Starting in September 2021, year-round JxJ programming will also return to in-person presentation.

The last pre-pandemic festival included panels, discussions and presentations with over 80 visiting artists and filmmakers from around the world.

Recent guests have included major US and international talents such as Eytan Fox, Roberta Grossman, Elliot Gould, Agnieszka Holland, Carol Kane, Barry Levinson, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Natalie Portman, Eran Riklis, James Schamus, John Turturro, and Liv Ullman.

JxJ (formerly Washington Jewish Film Festival) is a non-competitive festival, but does give out three audience awards: Best Narrative, Best Documentary and Best Short Film.

MISSION: JxJ exclusively looks for films that explore one or more aspects of Jewish identity, history or culture.

PREMIERE REQUIREMENT: All full-length (40min+) films included in the Festival must be at least Washington, DC premieres. Accepted films shall not be screened, released on DVD, streamed on the internet or broadcast on television in the Washington, DC-metropolitan area (Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland) prior to June 30, 2022.

COMPLETION DATE: Films must have been completed in 2020 or later (2021 or 2022).

SUBTITLES: All films should be fully subtitled in English (if the original language is not English).

FORMAT: Full-length (40min+) films must be made available on DCP. Short films can be provided on DCP or via a pro-res file.

***Any exceptions to the qualifications above must be made and agreed upon in writing by the JxJ Director.

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  • Adi Mishnayot

    Online edition it was, but still a great experience, wonderful festival, it was an honor to present our short documentary "Image of Victory" there. Very recommended!

    June 2021
  • Ira Kerem

    Our film, "We Made Matzah B**** for the Revolution", was screened virtually at the Washington festival so I can't answer about hospitality and networking. However, I can't give enough praise for the staff of this festival. Everyone was extremely professional, thoughtful, considerate, well planned, and delightful to work with. considering the difficulty of holding a festival primarily on the internet, this was an extremely worthwhile experience.

    June 2021
  • We had a wonderful time participating in the Washington Jewish Film Festival! Great communication from the organizers and had a fantastic Q+A to boot.

    June 2021
  • Richard James Allen

    We were delighted to be part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival with Karen Pearlman's "I want to make a film about women". Thanks so much for all your care and follow up, wish we could have been there physically - hopefully next time!

    May 2021
  • Katie Green

    We are delighted that our student film, "Pop 30", was accepted to the festival. The team are super easy to work with - professional, communicative and patient. Really a pleasure from beginning to end.

    May 2021