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


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.


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.



Film Premiere

The Tenth Man

November 18-23 | Gene Siskel Film Center

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival (CJFF) is partnering with The Gene Siskel Film Center for the Chicago premiere of The Tenth Man.

tenth man

The picturesque Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires primed for a holiday is the setting for this wryly humorous father-son power struggle that brings a reluctant New Yorker back to his roots. Pudgy, middle-aged Ari’s dancer girlfriend bails on the eve of the trip meant to introduce her to his Argentinian father Usher, high-handed head of a neighborhood Jewish aid organization. Ordered by dad to pitch in on the charity’s errands, Ari seeks to dodge reconnection with the Orthodox traditions he shunned long ago, but finds attraction to his devout helper Eve, stubbornly maintaining a penitential vow of silence, a factor drawing him to the old life in the course of a week of picaresque adventures. In Spanish, Hebrew, and Yiddish with English subtitles.

Times and Tickets

Friends of CJFF who use the promo code ‘CJFF’ will be able to purchase general admission tickets at the box office for $7 (they are normally $11). Unfortunately, it is not possible to use the discount code online.

Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Showing

South Suburban Film Event

November 20 | 4:00-8:45pm | Prairie State College Auditorium

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival in partnership with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema present two films with facilitated discussion: On The Map and In Kind Words

No Charge – all are welcome to attend

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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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For more information about the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, call 847.763.3507 or complete the form below.

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