Submit Your Film

Student Filmmaker Competition

Submission Deadline: January 23, 2017

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) that thematically aligns with the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival.

Student Prizes

1st: $1,000  | 2nd: $250 |  3rd: $100

If you’re not a student, you can also submit your film for possible inclusion!

Learn How To Submit

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Student Competition Judges

eli adlerEli Adler is a professional cinematographer/director with more than thirty years experience.  He has won numerous awards, including the CINE Golden Eagle and two National Emmys, for his work. As a child of a Holocaust survivor, he has filmed several Holocaust-related films, including Surviving Skokie, a 2016 CJFF selection.



Jonathan MussmanEmmy Award-winning Executive Producer, Jonathan Mussman, is currently Head of Production for Netflix covering documentary films, series and talk shows. Many of his projects have been nominated for prestigious awards, including the Oscars and the Emmy Award nominated film, I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust.

Before he began his career in TV and film, Jonathan was a beloved Assistant Director for JCC Chicago’s Camp Chi.


andy shapiroAndy Shapiro serves as the Vice President of Content at Legendary Digital Networks. In that role, he oversees content development across LDN’s three channels Nerdist, Geek and Sundry, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Prior to his time at Legendary, Andy was the Vice President of Development and Programming for six years at Machinima where he focused on development, packaging, and programming scripted and unscripted series for the gaming focused digital network.

hedy weissHedy Weiss has been a Theater and Dance Critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1984, reporting on local, national and international productions, as well as a wide range of other subjects including art and architecture, books, travel and international affairs.



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About the Festival

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival showcases films that reach across age groups for families, young adults, and seniors. Join us as we bring the Chicago community together to experience films with a wide range of themes and perspectives. This festival is a no-holds barred approach to diversity and the strong Jewish contributions to world culture.

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