Jewish Story Partners seeks independent film projects whose fresh, sometimes challenging perspectives shed light on diverse Jewish experiences, histories, cultures, or themes. Whether these stories preserve historical memory, re-cast familiar narratives, surprise with new ideas and juxtapositions, confront difficult realities, or breach artistic frontiers, our curatorial approach is expansive and inclusive. We seek penetrating storytelling rather than a particular agenda. Filmmakers need not be Jewish.
Projects eligible for support fulfill one or more of the following criteria: the project’s content or story explores some aspect of Jewish experiences, histories, cultures, or themes; the project features a Jewish lead or supporting character—explicitly established by the film, implicitly established by the film’s context, or commonly known to be Jewish; the project contributes meaningful new information or insight into a topic relevant to Jewish life; or a Jewish perspective is expressed.
JSP prioritizes artistry, excellence, and singularity when reviewing projects. We seek independent, filmmaker-driven films, from experimental to conventional, that demonstrate an authentic relationship to the material, a clear sense of story and characters, and a conscious, stylistic approach maximizing the potential and power of the material.