Jerusalem International Film Festival

Years running: 43 (since 1982)

Jerusalem International Film Festival

International Film Festival in Jerusalem, dedicated to religious themes.


The aspect "religion" is a decisive criterion of the program selection which reflects at the same time the most important tendencies of international arthouse cinema. The festival plays an important role in the cultural life of Israel and attracts a large and very interested audience. Attractive cash prizes as well as friendly and casual atmosphere facilitate intense contacts with the attending journalists and industry people. Some of the foreign films presented are bought by Israeli distributors.


  • Best of International Cinema;
  • Israeli Cinema;
  • Documentaries;
  • Animation;
  • Jewish Themes;
  • Human Rights;
  • Retrospectives;
  • Avant Garde;
  • Restorations;
  • Television;
  • Special Tributes and Classics;
  • The Jerusalem Pitch Point; 
  • The Annual Conference for the Preservation of Audio-Visual Memory in Israel; 
  • Master Classes, seminars & workshops.


  • No prior screening in Israel.
  • ​The festival does not accept submissions of short and medium-length films (up to 60 minutes).
  • Any film that is solely promotional, educational, or scientific in nature is not eligible for selection by the festival.
  • Only online screeners are accepted as preview screeners for pre-selection. 

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form;

Selection Media Type: online

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Director / Program Director: Mr. Ilan de Vries
  • Programmer: Mrs. Gilli Mendel




Official Website



Jerusalem International Film Festival Jerusalem Cinemateque and Film Archive
11 Hebron Road POB 8561
91083 Jerusalem

Phone: ++ 972 2 565 4333
Fax: ++ 972 2 565 4334


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    April 02, 2023
  • Event Dates
    13 — 23 July 2023
Categories & Fees

fiction or documentary

  • Deadline — €35
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