From the J:
For many Bay Area Jews, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is a summer ritual, an annual film event more important than the Oscars. Some say it is the most Jewish activity they engage in all year.
Now, their faithful attendance will hold even more currency. The Jewish Film Institute, which sponsors the festival — the first of its kind in the country, marking its 38th year — announced on March 22 that the SFJFF is now a qualifying film festival in the Academy Award documentary short subject category. This means any documentary short screened at the festival can be eligible for an Oscar.