Aug 1, 2022
Submissions Now Open for 26th MJFF!
The Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) is the world's preeminent Jewish film festival and the largest festival of its kind. MJFF is a leader in the curation and presentation of new film and media exploring universal themes of identity, history, and culture. Presenting its 26th edition from January 12-26, 2023, the Festival showcases the work of the world's best emerging and established filmmakers and offers cash awards totaling more than $40,000 in juried competition categories. Miami Jewish Film Festival has also made the prestigious "One of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" list by MovieMaker Magazine in 2020 & 2021.
In recent years, the Miami Jewish Film Festival has attracted more than 60,000 filmgoers, as well as 100 filmmakers, producers, talent, and industry professionals to its two-week event of inspiring films, events, panels, and parties that are hosted at 14 major venues throughout Miami. In all, the Festival presents more than 100 feature narratives, documentaries, and short films of all genres, representing more than 25 different countries.
MJFF presents dramatic and documentary features, experimental, and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity as well as films that reflect life through a Jewish lens. The programming staff takes a broad view of what makes a film Jewish and have been known to curate films that are Jew(ish) as well as films about issues that are relevant to Jewish communities and resonate with other cultural communities across the globe. Works in all forms and genres are considered.
The Festival receives significant industry recognition; each year several films premiering at the Festival are acquired for US distribution. Recent distributors who have acquired films directly from the Festival include Kino Lorber (The Last Resort), Samuel Goldwyn Films (Saul & Ruby, To Life!, Sobibor), Netflix (Curtiz), Strand Releasing (The Other Story), Menemsha Films (Tiger Within, If You See My Mother, 1945, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, Leona), Film Movement (Shtetlers, God of the Piano), Breaking Glass Pictures (Extra Innings, Children of the Inquisition), Passion River Films (The Barn), and Go2Films (Sefarad), among others.
The Miami Jewish Film Festival has been named "One of the Best Jewish Film Festival's in the US" by The Forward, "One of South Florida's Best Film Festivals" by The Miami New Times, and selected "Best of Miami" by Miami's Community Newspapers.
Deadline to submit feature or short films is October 28, 2022. MJFF is open to U.S. and international entries. To qualify for consideration, all submissions must have some cultural or historical relevance to the Jewish experience or life in Israel. MJFF retains sole discretion to accept or decline submissions for any reason. Submission of a film does not guarantee exhibition at the festival. The decision of the MJFF Film Screening Committee is final.