Become a Film Festival Underwriter

Underwriters are the backbone of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. They love and support great films while enjoying many social and cinematic perks along the way. If you've already pledged your support for this year's festival, we are truly grateful and look forward to seeing you at the annual kick-off celebration of food, film and festivities. 

If you have yet to pledge your support or are not sure if Underwriting is right for you, please take a minute to contact the Film Festival Office.


You can make your donation to the San Diego Jewish Film Festival by mail or by phone.
To make your gift by phone, call Danielle Cohen at (858) 362-1330 or email daniellec@lfjcc.org.

To make your gift by mail, please make check payable to CJC and mail to:
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Lawrence Family JCC, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037-1348

For more information on supporting the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, please contact Director of Development, Paige Pick: 858.362.1355 or paigep@lfjcc.org


Click here for a closer look at the 2017-2018 Underwriter benefit levels.


Please Note: For contributions above $10,000, tailored individual and corporate underwriting opportunities are available upon request.

For Underwriter levels split between different households, only one of those households will receive a donation acknowledgement letter and Underwriter name recognition.

Mid-Season screenings include at least three events: Spring Screening, Summer Underwriter Kickoff Party, and Fall Screening.


The San Diego Jewish Film Festival is a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Life, Animated-San Marcos

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Edwards San Marcos Theatre

Life, Animated is the story of Owen Suskind, a young autistic man who was unable to speak as a child until he discovered a unique way to communicate, developed by immersing himself in the world of animated Disney films. Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams captures the magnificence of Owen’s remarkable transformation: from a life of lonely isolation to the independence of young adulthood. Owen’s inspirational story is a potent reminder that stories serve as a powerful means of persevering through dark times and moving us all toward the light. Winner, U.S. Documentary Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for Academy Award® for Best Documentary.
“An inspiring story. Life, Animated makes fascinating points about the power of cinema, and about who gets to decide what constitutes a meaningful life.” –Washington Post

Post-Film Discussion with Dr. Sharon Lerner-Baron, Clinical Psychologist focusing on Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and Learning Differences

Director: Roger Ross Williams
Documentary | 89 minutes | United States | 2016 | English

Price: $15.25; JCC Member Price: $13.25
Box Office: (858) 362-1348

Life, Animated-JCC

Thursday, December 21, 2107 at 7:00 PM
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Life, Animated is the story of Owen Suskind, a young autistic man who was unable to speak as a child until he discovered a unique way to communicate, developed by immersing himself in the world of animated Disney films. Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams captures the magnificence of Owen’s remarkable transformation: from a life of lonely isolation to the independence of young adulthood. Owen’s inspirational story is a potent reminder that stories serve as a powerful means of persevering through dark times and moving us all toward the light. Winner, U.S. Documentary Directing Award, Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for Academy Award® for Best Documentary.
“An inspiring story. Life, Animated makes fascinating points about the power of cinema, and about who gets to decide what constitutes a meaningful life.” –Washington Post

Post-Film Discussion with Dr. Sharon Lerner-Baron, Clinical Psychologist focusing on Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and Learning Differences

Director: Roger Ross Williams
Documentary | 89 minutes | United States | 2016 | English

Price: $15.25; JCC Member Price: $13.25
Box Office: (858) 362-1348