Submission Guidelines

We only accept Jewish-themed films.
Films should be LA premieres.

To be considered for exhibition, submissions must have relevance to Jewish themes, issues, history, heritage, culture, perspectives of Israel, have Jewish character(s) or to the mission of LAJFF.

The purpose of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) is to highlight the diversity of the Jewish experience through film. With a focus on Jewish identity, this festival will inform and inspire its audience. By featuring films that deal with Jewish issues, traditions, challenges and characters the Festival will deepen Jewish values and encourage new dialogue within the greater Los Angeles community. The Festival will showcase an international selection of contemporary features, documentaries, shorts and animated films.

Just because you are a Jewish filmmaker or actor, does not necessarily mean that your film is “Jewish.”

Please NO REPEAT SUBMISSIONS from a prior year. We do not pay exhibition fees.

We only accept films for the following categories:

  • Narrative Feature

    Narrative films with Jewish themes or characters including identity, memoir, spirituality, culture, history, humor and more. We are seeking films that are appropriate for kids/families as well as content for mature audiences.
    Films should be made after 2012.

  • Narrative Short

    Short films on Jewish themes and characters including, identity, memoir, spirituality, culture, history, Israel, humor and more. We are seeking films that are appropriate for kids/families as well as content for mature audiences. Films after year 2012 please.

  • Documentary Feature

    Feature-length documentary films on Jewish themes or characters including identity, memoir, Holocaust or history, spirituality, culture, Israel, etc. Seeking films appropriate for kids/families as well as content for mature audiences. Films after year 2012 please.

  • Documentary Short

    Short form documentary films on Jewish themes or characters including identity, memoir, Holocaust or history, spirituality, culture, Israel, etc. Seeking films appropriate for kids/families as well as content for mature audiences. Films after year 2012 please.

  • Animated

    Short animated films on Jewish themes including, identity, memoir, religion, spirituality, culture, history, Israel, humor, and more. We are interested in the animated short film as a medium of personal expression, social commentary, and cultural evolution as well as a medium for narrative storytelling. Films for kids/families as well as content for more mature audiences.

Filmmakers may submit all of their Jewish films with one entry fee – just be sure to put a note in the envelope indicating that there is more than one film to review.

For any questions or additional information please contact us at info@lajfilmfest.org.