Robinson International Short Film Competition


The Robinson International Short Film Competition is open to any and all independent filmmakers, including college and graduate level film students, as well as professionals in the field. Eligible films must adhere to the following criteria:


  • Must be a Pittsburgh premiere (no prior public Pittsburgh screenings or TV broadcasts)
  • Films completed in 2014 or later
  • Foreign language films must have English subtitles
  • Length: thirty-five (35) minutes or less
  • Acceptable genres include narrative, documentary, or animated films
  • Submissions must contain an essence of Jewishness as represented by theme, history or culture

Entry Form

All applicants must complete an online entry form.

Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate entry form and fee.

To complete the 2017 Robinson online entry form click here.

The following info is needed to complete the entry form:
Film synopsis (50 word maximum), country of origin, type of film, length of film, screening and broadcast history, honors and awards, filmmaker’s contact information, biography (100 word maximum), and personal statement (100 word maximum).

Entry Format:
Please submit via an online link. All films are reviewed by the JFilm staff. Semi-finalists’ films will be made available for the competition’s jurors on JFilm’s private online viewing site.


Deadline: Entries are due January 9, 2017

Entry Fees

By September 30: $10 
By December 15:
After December 15: 

Payments must be made online with a credit card or mailed in the form of a U.S. bank check or money order. Personal checks from outside the U.S. are not accepted. Do not send cash.


Awards and Presentation

Up to ten films will be selected for presentation at the Awards Gala, May 17, 2017. Gold and Silver Prizes will be announced immediately following the screening.

Finalists will be notified in March of their selection. All finalists are invited to attend. All finalist films will be shown. The three prize winners will be flown to Pittsburgh for the Awards Gala.

Production Deliverable for Finalists

One DCP with the finalists’ films will be compiled for exhibition at the Awards Gala. If your film is a finalist, the following ProResHQ QuickTime file must be submitted.

  • 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  • 24 Frames Per Second (23.98fps is also accepted)
  • 5.1 Audio (Stereo is acceptable if no 5.1 exists)
  • Delivered as: ProResHQ QuickTime

The above mentioned specs are the preferred deliverable. If your project settings do not match, a master quality file of your project in its native framerate and resolution is acceptable.

Additional Terms and Conditions
JFilm is not responsible for late, lost, damaged or ineligible entries. Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their submitted films. By entering this competition, the entrant certifies that they have the legal right to submit and exhibit the film. The applicant is responsible and liable for any breach of rights or the law in the submission and exhibition process. Award winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their short film is original and that he/she holds all rights. Affidavits of winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winners. The undersigned assumes responsibility to ensure the submission payment information is complete and correct and agrees to reimburse JFilm for any additional fees incurred by incorrect submission payments, submission disputes, and credit card chargebacks. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless JFilm for any and all fees, claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving submission payment disputes, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the content submitted and/or screened. By entering the competition, the entrant grants the right to publish or transmit portions of the film for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, entry constitutes permission to use winners’ name, likeness, and voice for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Void where prohibited.

Take a look at a list of Past Winners of the Robinson International Short Film Competition.