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 2018-2019 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.

2019 San Diego International Jewish Film Festival Kick-Off, Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
Sam Spiegel fled the specter of Nazi Germany in 1933 to become the most enigmatic and controversial film producer in the history of Hollywood, the equal of Selznick, Goldwyn, Zanuck and Mayer. He was a pioneer of independent film making whose movies stacked up dozens of Academy Awards. He is the only person to win three Oscars as sole producer on a feature film, for On The Waterfront (1954), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He also produced the iconic film The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn (1951).

Directors: Robert de Young, Stephan Wellink / France / 2018 / 60 min / English / Documentary
General Admission Seating; Film Underwriters receive early entry & reception at 5:30pm
Price: $15.25; JCC Member: $13.25
To become an Underwriter and to RSVP contact Shannon at shannonm@lfjcc.org


The Body Collector

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7pm
A riveting drama based on the real life story of Dutch journalist Hans Knoop and his 1970s struggle to uncover the truth about World War II war criminal and millionaire art collector Pieter Menten. Stellar performances and a taut script make this a powerful film about the pursuit of justice and one man’s persistence for the truth. 142 minutes

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25

Program 1 - October 6 at 8pm

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
The first standalone Jewish Film Festival dedicated to the art of short film. The Joyce Forum offers more than 40 imagination-stretching short films from across the globe and from almost every cinematic genre: documentary, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, and more. Join us for a two-day event featuring numerous special guests.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; 5-Pack: $60

Program 2 - October 7 at 10:30am

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
The first standalone Jewish Film Festival dedicated to the art of short film. The Joyce Forum offers more than 40 imagination-stretching short films from across the globe and from almost every cinematic genre: documentary, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, and more. Join us for a two-day event featuring numerous special guests.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; 5-Pack: $60

Program 3 - October 7 at 1:30pm

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
The first standalone Jewish Film Festival dedicated to the art of short film. The Joyce Forum offers more than 40 imagination-stretching short films from across the globe and from almost every cinematic genre: documentary, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, and more. Join us for a two-day event featuring numerous special guests.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; 5-Pack: $60

Program 4 - October 7 at 4:30pm

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
The first standalone Jewish Film Festival dedicated to the art of short film. The Joyce Forum offers more than 40 imagination-stretching short films from across the globe and from almost every cinematic genre: documentary, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, and more. Join us for a two-day event featuring numerous special guests.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; 5-Pack: $60

Program 5 - October 7 at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 6 & Sunday October 7, 2018
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
The first standalone Jewish Film Festival dedicated to the art of short film. The Joyce Forum offers more than 40 imagination-stretching short films from across the globe and from almost every cinematic genre: documentary, drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, animation, and more. Join us for a two-day event featuring numerous special guests.

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25; Member Price: $13.25; 5-Pack: $60

Inside Netflix' Fauda: An Evening with Moshe Zonder

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC
A rare opportunity to hear from Moshe Zonder, head writer and director of the first season of Fauda, the first Israeli television series to be released as a Netflix Original. Set in the West Bank, Fauda goes beyond the usual ingredients of the thriller series—intelligence gathering, interludes of violent action. The setting is the flashpoint of a fifty-year-long conflict, and Zonder believes that they have made not only a deft work of entertainment but also a drama that gets at the political dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. After screening the series’ first episode, Zonder will discuss the process of writing and producing the acclaimed series.

"The grittiest, tightest, most lived-in thrillers come from Israel, and Fauda... is the current standard-bearer." -The New York Times

General Admission Seating
Price: $15.25 Member Price: $13.25

50th Anniversary of Funny Girl

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 5pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
It’s December 25, and that means Chinese food and a movie: the Chinese food will be Kosher and the movie will be William Wyler’s Funny Girl, which is now 50 years young. The story (in case you didn’t know) centers on the life of Fanny Brice—inimitably portrayed by Barbra Streisand—a famed entertainer of the early 1900s. For the full menu visit sdcjc.org. Registration required by December 18.


General Admission Seating; Price Includes Food
Price: $38; Member Price: $35: 4-pack: $100
For groups of ten or more: Group Rates