About the Competition

Why a Holocaust Film Competition?

Recognizing the potential of movies to reach large numbers of people and to spark powerful discussions among audiences, the Claims Conference is holding a worldwide competition to invite talented, rising filmmakers to make short films about the Holocaust.

With the last of the survivors aging rapidly, the Claims Conference encourages the creation of compelling projects that will educate and raise awareness about the Holocaust once these eyewitnesses are gone.

Who are the Jurors?

Jury members for the contest are:

Mia Maniscalco
Director of Development
DreamWorks Studios

Michael Berenbaum
Director, Sigi Ziering Institute & Professor of Jewish Studies
American Jewish University Los Angeles

Stephen Feinberg
Former Director of National Outreach
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Who Can Enter?

“Short Film, Large Subject: The Holocaust Film Competition” invites directors either currently enrolled in a graduate film program at an accredited university or who have successfully completed such a program no earlier than January 1, 2012, to submit a screenplay or documentary treatment for a short film about the Holocaust (the systematic persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945) and/or the experiences of Jewish Holocaust victims. While the film can tell a fictional story, information relating to the Holocaust must be historically accurate.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2015.

Entries will be judged by a panel of Holocaust scholars and film industry professionals. Selected entrants will proceed to the finalist round.

The winner will receive an award of $40,000 toward the production of a 20-minute short film about the Holocaust.

Who is Sponsoring the Competition?

For more than 60 years, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) has secured compensation and restitution for Jewish victims of Nazi persecution and their heirs. The Claims Conference negotiates with governments and industry; administers compensation payments; recovers unclaimed Jewish property and advocates for continued restitution; and funds social welfare services for Jewish Holocaust victims. For more information: www.claimscon.org.

The Claims Conference also distributes grants to support and promote Holocaust education, documentation and research around the world, to ensure the memory and lessons of the Holocaust are preserved for current and future generations. This work was expanded in 2010 to include films about the Holocaust.

Information about film grants

Frequently Asked Questions about the Film Contest


Background Image: From the Auschwitz Album, Women fit for work after the delousing process. The disinfection of those not selected for the gas chambers, and the shaving of their heads, was all part of the “registration” process at the camp. After they finished, they were given the prison uniforms seen in the picture. Photo: Yad Vashem