Now accepting film submissions for the 2018 Festival.
Click below to submit a film via FilmFreeway.

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Submission Information

  • LAJFF is open to all U.S. and international entries.
  • English language or English subtitles only.
  • All submissions must have a completed entry form, non-refundable entry fee and online screening  link to watch the film via Film Freeway with the name of the film in English and submission # clearly marked in the subject line. (Alternatively you can send 2 DVD screeners) 
  • Submission does not guarantee exhibition in the Festival.
  • Entrants will be notified approximately several weeks prior to the Festival.
  • If you send DVDs, please DO NOT submit DVDs with stickers or labels attached.

Deadlines and Fees

Deadline Feature Film Fee Short Film Fee
December 25, 2017
Earlybird Deadline
45.00 40.00
January 15, 2018
Regular Deadline
50.00 45.00
January 29, 2018
Late Deadline
60.00 55.00
February 12, 2018
Extended Deadline
65.00 60.00


Please note: These fees apply to most submissions – please note that short films have different fees. Please click the submission button above for all of the information, and to submit your film.

Notification Date
Approximately March 30, 2018


Submission Guidelines

We only accept Jewish-themed or inspired films.
Films should be Los Angeles 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.”

Films should be made after 2015, please.

Please, NO REPEAT SUBMISSIONS of the same film from a prior year.

NOTE: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Animated (can be submitted under shorts categories.)
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 note there is more than one film to review.