Jewish Film Festival Berlin

JFFB // Jüdisches Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam

22nd edition

Jun 05 - Jun 19, 2021
Berlin and Potsdam, Germany

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Any type, Animation, Children, Docu-feature, Documentary, Mini-series, Narrative fiction, Series, TV
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description Founded in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Berlin/Potsdam Jewish Film Festival is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. This unique cultural event in Germany, aimed at film lovers of any background, is a showcase for new cinema that explores Jewish life around the world. The Festival's strength is its offering of perspectives rarely seen in the daily stream of headlines and broadcast news. The film screenings provide a lively forum for dialogue and debate about a wide range of issues, drawing larger audiences every year.

The Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam is staged and supported by an independent, registered association, the Welser 25 e.V. Freundeskreis des jüdischen und israelischen Films.
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Dates Open call: Nov 16, 2015

Late deadline: Feb 28, 2016

Notification date: Apr 19, 2016
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Restrictions Film shouldn't have been finished before Jan 31, 2014
Premiere status is not required
Category rules Submissions of films with a Jewish topic from every genre are welcome, including animations, documentaries, dramas, experimental films, feature films, and short films. If the original language of dialogue in the film is not German or English, the preview and screening copies must be subtitled in German or English.

If a film has already been screened at a film festival in Germany or another country, that does not automatically exclude it from our festival. However, German premieres and Berlin premieres will be given preference.

Films that have been on general release in Germany prior to the festival cannot be accepted for the festival.

Preference will be given to new productions.

Every person submitting a film to our festival (i.e., every applicant) certifies that he/she has the legal right to submit and exhibit that film.

The applicant is responsible and liable for any breach of rights or of the law that may occur in the process of submission and exhibition.

Please note that our festival does not accept resubmissions.

Preview copies will be accepted only as DVDs (PAL preferred) or Vimeo link.

Our festival will keep all preview copies in its archive and cannot return them.

Applicants must ensure that DVDs are clearly labelled with the following information:

- film title
- full name of director
- year of production
- country of production.

The applicant is responsible for the costs of shipping the preview copy. Please send Preview DVD to:

Jüdisches Filmfestival Berlin & Potsdam
c/o Mail Boxes etc,
Sybelstr. 9
10629 Berlin

The films selected will be shown up to three times during our festival. Applicants whose films have been selected for our festival will be informed about this by e-mail in early April 2016. Because of the large number of submissions, we can only inform applicants whose films have been selected.

Our program committee is unfortunately not in a position to enter into dialogue about decisions regarding individual films. Thank you for your understanding.

By submitting a film to our festival, the applicant grants us the right to publish and transmit portions of the film as well as film stills for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted.

If your film receives an invitation to our festival, please e-mail us the press pack (in German or English), electronic images of your film as well as a photo of the director (these must be sent in JPG or TIFF format, 300 dpi) as well as a link to the film trailer to:

The screening copies of the films selected must be received by us at the latest three weeks prior to the beginning of the festival, at the latest mid May 2016.

We will return the screening copies within two weeks following the end of the festival. The applicant is responsible for the cost of shipping the screening copies to the festival. We are responsible for the cost of shipping it back to the applicant.

Please provide return mailing address by 1 June 2016.

The preview copy can be sent by airmail or international courier.

The screening copy must be sent by international courier. Label the package as follows: “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”.

If you do not have previous experience with film shipments, please contact us prior to sending.
Shipments held up by customs authorities due to improper labelling will be sent back at the applicants cost.

Shipping a film copy to the festival and back is at the risk of the applicant. During the festival, the film is insured up to the value of the copy. Accordingly, we are liable at most for the costs of producing a standard copy (market rate). Any damages must be claimed no later than 10 days following the return of the copies. The place of jurisdiction is Berlin.

Submissions for this category are closed.