Innovative, entertaining, provocative, the UK Jewish Film Festival is one of the UK's most established and much loved film festivals. We bring our audiences across London and other cities approx. 150 screenings of 90 high quality, international films at 20 cinemas. Since 2020 we have also run a successful online festival. We are focussed on films that reflect Jewish stories and themes, and our film genres include feature drama, documentary, short and experimental. Many of our films include additional events with panel discussions, Q&As with directors, actors, journalists and others. As well as our theatrical screenings we have a popular year-round streaming platform and there are opportunities for getting your film out to much wider audiences through this medium. Year-round we screen an additional 400-500 screenings in London, Manchester and Glasgow so your film may achieve a greater reach beyond the festival as well.
For filmmakers we offer our Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film, which awards up to 2 grants of £13,500 each year for the production of a short film with British-Jewish related story and themes. The Fund is now in its 15th year.
For the second year we also offer our UK Jewish Film Short Doc Fund, a micro-budget fund for 3 minute creative short documentaries reflecting diverse aspects of British-Jewish contemporary life.
BAFTA Qualifying - Short Film Categories (Section B)
*Submissions Deadline EXTENDED to 31 July 2021
Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film
The Pears Short Film Fund at the UK Jewish Film awards two grants of up to £13,500 for the production of a short film – drama, animation or factual – with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish and general audiences.
The fund focuses on supporting the production and exhibition of short films that reflect British-Jewish stories, life, history and culture. Areas of relevance include identity, interfaith, assimilation, integration, antisemitism and racism.
Maximum length – 10 minutes. The judging panel is drawn from experienced professionals in the British film and television industry and the scheme is open to all filmmakers resident in the UK.
The deadline for applications is 11th January 2022.
UK Jewish Film Short Doc Fund
We are looking for filmmakers of all ages, backgrounds and experience to take part in a ground-breaking project launched in 2021, which aims to document modern day British Jewish life in a series of creative and original three-minute documentaries. The films can be made in any genre or style. The only stipulation is that they must be about real people, real customs or real places and they must be stories which have hitherto been untold.
We will commission up to five filmmakers to make a documentary film which is no longer than 3 minutes in length.
Each of the chosen filmmakers will be given £1000, which must cover all costs including camera people, editors and locations.
Dorfman Best Film Award. Recognises powerful and outstanding filmmaking in both full-length fiction films. Six films will be selected for competition. A high profile jury is drawn from the film industry.
Best Debut Feature Award. Recognises new filmmaking talent that displays originality and freshness of vision from a first-time fiction feature film. Six films will be selected for competition. A high profile jury is drawn from the film industry.
Best Documentary Award. Recognises excellent in documentary filmmaking. Six films will be selected for competition. A high profile jury is drawn from the film industry.