Jewish Film Institute

aka JFI   |   San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.jfi.org

Mission

The Jewish Film Institute inspires communities in San Francisco and around the world to expand their understanding of Jewish life through film, media, and dialogue. Values Seek excellence, originality and innovation Champion freedom of expression Reveal diverse points of view Provide multiple platforms for open dialogue Honor depth and complexity over formula Celebrate the full spectrum of Jewish identities Nurture and build connections within and beyond the Jewish community Promote an evolving definition of what constitutes Jewish film and media Introduce new voices and emerging talent Stay relevant

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Ms. Lexi Leban

Main address

145 Ninth St Ste 200

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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Formerly known as

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

EIN

94-2854068

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Jewish (X30)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Each summer the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens approximately 60 independent Jewish-subject films and videos in 4 cities across the San Francisco Bay Area, to an audience of more than 40,000. Through foundation support we offer several free screenings each year for senior and immigrant audiences. The Festival has brought many outstanding filmmakers and public figures to the Bay Area including Israeli and Palestinian journalists and intellectuals, French and Russian actors, and influential artists working with Jewish themes. In addition to the summer Festival, SFJFF offers year-round screenings to the public and in private sneak previews, programs films in both Jewish and secular venues, and maintains an industry-standard Resource to Independent Jewish film on the web at www.sfjff.org.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Adults

WinterFest is the Jewish Film Institute's weekend-long showcase of exciting and transcendent Jewish films from around the world, held each winter in San Francisco

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

JFI Next Wave is a community of discerning, Bay Area film lovers as well as a platform for the showcase of emerging and established filmmakers whose work explores modern life and identity through a Jewish lens, often dealing with subjects like, art, music, travel, social justice and more.

Next Wave members receive all-inclusive Festival passes, attend private VIP receptions and parties with filmmakers, actors, and artists; experience programs and events that step outside the boundaries of film such as live music, comedy, art and, (of course), drink, eat, socialize, and network with other young leaders and fans of the independent arts community.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Jewish people

The Jewish Film Institute's Mitzvah Series was inaugurated in 2007 to take its Festival programming "on the road" to senior centers and residential communities for audiences that would otherwise not be able to view Festival films. Mitzvah Series programs are provided at no charge to residents and include post-screening discussions on issues in the films. JFI's collaboration with senior agencies has included the Reutlinger Center for Jewish Living, Rhoda Goldman Plaza and the Oshman Family JCC of Palo Alto.

In 2017, the Jewish Film Institute started a Mitzvah Series of screenings at San Quentin State Prison and has screened three films since January for inmates who identify and don't identify as Jewish. Each screening is followed by a discussion on the film's themes with a JFI programmer.

The Mitzvah Series also includes free matinee screenings at the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and in four Bay Area cities.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Incarcerated people

JFI On Demand is a curated channel of films shown at SFJFF and other JFI screenings hosted on a variety of streaming platforms that allows viewers to rent, purchase, or stream with a subscription service. With over a dozen video services available, you can be sure to find JFI films on any online platform you prefer!

Population(s) Served
Adults

The JFI Archive project seeks to preserve a record of all films exhibited by the Jewish Film Institute and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Our dedication to independent filmmakers ensures quality films are prevented from becoming lost and are recognized far beyond their original screening date. Watch films featured in this archive online on JFI On Demand.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people
Adults

FI Online Shorts features one new short film each month from emerging and established filmmakers. Since 2009, JFI has showcased over 75 online shorts and garnered worldwide views over 2 million on the the JFI Youtube channel.

JFI Online Shorts are available to watch for free in their entirety and are accompanied by an interview with the filmmaker on The Cinegogue.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Jewish Film Institute provides creative, marketing and production support for filmmakers in residence who are in various stages of completion on their projects. Our first annual Filmmaker Residency program launched in 2012 to support independent filmmakers whose work promotes the exploration and understanding of Jewish identity and culture.

The Filmmaker Residency includes:

* JFI staff consultations in film production, development and marketing
* Private office space at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center
* Access to Ninth Street Film Center's intimate 80-seat screening room
* Marketing and publicity support through JFI channels
* A Meet & Greet with many of the Bay Area's film industry professionals
* Industry Pass to JFI's WinterFest and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

The Jewish Film Institute has partnered with the Jerusalem Film Workshop (JFW) to sponsor young and emerging filmmakers (ages 19 - 27) from the Bay Area to participate in this Summer workshop, a six-week intensive filmmaking and film studies program in Israel. Collaborate with international students, meet leaders from Israel's film industry, and produce work to be screened at the Jerusalem International Jewish Film Festival.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

n honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Jewish Film Institute and its signature program, the San Francisco Film Festival, JFI kicks off Stories She Tells, a new 2-year initiative that shines an investigative and exploratory spotlight on the contributions of Jewish women in front of and behind the lens in Hollywood, TV and Independent film.

The Jewish Film Institute’s DNA is intertwined with the history of pioneering female filmmakers. In 1980 - as six women directors (known as the Hollywood Six) were challenging the male-dominated status quo, - Deborah Kaufman founded the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first festival of its kind at a time when it was rare for a woman to be an independent filmmaker let alone the the Maverick founder of a pioneering Jewish organization. 2020 brings an opportunity to reframe and set new sights, as JFI looks back 40 years and ahead to the future to ask where do we stand now and where do we want to go from here? Through in-depth conversations, panels, tributes, and a variety of screenings and events, this two-year series of programs takes a deep dive into how Jewish women are shaping the story.

Guest Curator, Caroline Libresco, the founding director of the Sundance Women's Initiative and Sundance Catalyst, a Senior Programmer of the Sundance Film Festival for the last 18 years and the former Associate Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will return to JFI to present the following three programs in spring and summer 2020. Fall and winter 2020 programs will be announced in the coming months.

Stories She Tells programs are generously supported by the San Francisco Jewish Women's Fund, a program of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top 50 Film Festivals 2010

IndieWire

50 most innovative U.S. Jewish organizations 2010

Slingshot Fund

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grants received

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new grants received

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We tried to implement a new structure to our operations during our most recent festival. After finding unintended consequences from the new policies, through customer feedback, we changed how we implemented the policy within 24 hours. We continued to tweak the new policy throughout the festival and are developing new strategies for next years festival.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Jewish Film Institute

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sandee Blechman


Board co-chair

Diana Grand

Liki Abrams

Benjamin Berkowitz

Dan Granoff

Ralph Guggenheim

Nate Gellman

David Meckler

Jenni Olson

Susan Libitzky

Jennifer Rosenthal

Barbara Shragge

Eileen Ruby

Lloyd Sacks

Ken Krug

Sam Salkin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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