The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival is back with a brand-new selection of culturally-diverse, Jewishly-inspired films that will entertain, educate and inspire audiences.
Similarly to prior festivals, we will focus on films that explore issues of hate, prejudice, cultural assimilation, and inequality, along with those that reinforce tolerance, acceptance and cultivate belonging.
Social Justice Film Series
5 Films | January 14-23
Join us for a series focusing on antisemitism, human rights, the Holocaust, and issues impacting people who are differently abled to explore, educate, inform and ignite important conversation.
At the CJFF, our goal is to inspire movie-goers to expand their understanding of Jewish culture and to bring a wide variety of entertaining films, with a Jewish lens, to our community. We promote films that have a Jew-ish connection to life, culture, history both on-screen and behind-the-scenes. To qualify as a CJFF submission, films must meet the basic category requirements and resonate with our Jewish community. Film must have a connection to the Jewish values or themes of – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, community, kindness, positivism, role modeling, stewardship of the earth, any Jewish holiday or historical event.
To qualify as a CJFF submission, Short Films must meet the basic category requirements and themes of the film festival. Film must have a connection to the Jewish values or themes of – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, community, kindness, positivism, role modeling, stewardship of the earth, any Jewish holiday or historical event. While Feature Films must be over 60 minutes, Short Film Submissions must be under 45 minutes including all intros and credits.
Student Filmmaker Competition
We’re looking for student filmmakers of all experience levels to share previously created or new narrative or documentary short films (an original motion picture that has a running time between 3 and 10 minutes, including all credits. Filmmakers must reside in the Chicagoland area, surround suburbs or the state of Illinois or be a participant in a JCC Chicago program (including Camp Chi, Springboard, Jewish Student Connection, etc.)
Submissions are accepted through Film Freeway:
Deadline: November 19, 2021 at 11:59pm
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For more information about the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, call 847.763.3507 or complete the form below.