JIFF Short Film Fund

The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) is thrilled to announce the return of its Short Film Fund in 2018. Successfully launched in 2017, the Fund was established to provide funding to Australian filmmakers for the completion of a Jewish-themed short film (narrative, documentary or animation).

In 2017, the Fund was awarded to local filmmakers Anita Lester and Paul Andersen, whose films, Still Alive and Dream House, had their World Premiere screenings at JIFF 2017.

“Without the support from JIFF, this film – something near and dear to not only myself, but my family – wouldn’t have been possible. The faith given to the project was meaningful beyond words and has provided me with the opportunity to produce something I can proudly stand behind.” – Anita Lester

‘We were honoured to be a part of JIFF’s first short film fund.  With JIFF’s visionary support, we could make our film for a dedicated, appreciative audience and experience the thrill of a big screen premiere.  Three cheers for Eddie and Lindy and everyone who supports the festival – you do so much for the community, filmmakers, and film lovers alike.’ – Paul Andersen

In 2018, a total grant pool of $10,000 is available for the production of two short films (narrative, animation or documentary) incorporating a Jewish theme, character or story arc. We are seeking treatments and scripts for films under 10 minutes that are universally engaging and entertaining, and able to resonate with audiences from all backgrounds.

“We are excited for JIFF, once again, to be a catalyst for the production of great Australian short films to be shared on the big screen, providing a launching pad for their international recognition.” – Eddie Tamir, JIFF Artistic Director

Applications for the 2018 Fund are now open here, and close on 28 March 2018. The allocation of funding will be announced in mid-May 2018, and will be determined by industry judges, Israeli producer, Gal Greenspan and former Managing Director Paramount Australia and Vice President Australia/ New Zealand, Mike Selwyn. We expect the films to be ready for exhibition at JIFF 2018, with final delivery required by early October 2018.

For additional queries, please contact the JIFF team on info@jiff.com.au / 03 8594 3751