UK Jewish Film Festival

Bringing compassion to the survival instinct

By Daniella Isaacs, October 29, 2015

Amir Wolf's Fire Birds, which premieres at the UK Jewish Film Festival next month, shines some well-deserved light on a generation that we too often ignore.

After the body of Amikom, an 80-year-old Israeli man, is found with three stab wounds and a mysterious tattoo, police detective Amnon reluctantly takes on the case.


UK Jewish Film Festival concern over fee plan

By Rosa Doherty, October 14, 2015

Organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival have expressed concern over a London borough's plan to charge fees for film screenings.

Michael Etherton, CEO of UK Jewish Film, said Barnet Council's proposal to charge the festival a total of £800 could hinder the "financial feasibility" of the festival.


Stars come out for 19th film festival

By JC Reporter, October 1, 2015

Eighty films, from more than 15 countries, including 50 UK premieres - that's the line-up set for the annual UK Jewish Film Festival.

The two-week celebration of Jewish cinema begins on November 7 at venues in London and across the country.


Jewish film: Welcome to the mainstream...

By Michael Etherton, October 1, 2015

‘Well, I try to keep the Jewish stuff completely separate from my day-to-day work.” So said the mover and shaker at one of London’s most successful TV production companies and board stalwart of a local United synagogue to me as we sat facing each other in a stylish Soho café.


Highlighting films

October 1, 2015

The programme for this year’s UK Jewish Film Festival has now been published, and it is going to be bigger and better than ever. With 80 films from more than 15 countries and an expected audience of 15,000, the festival is now firmly ensconced as one of the community’s cultural highlights alongside Jewish Book Week.


Winona Ryder to star at UK Jewish Film Festival

By JC Reporter, September 25, 2015

Eighty films, from over 15 countries, including 50 UK premieres.

That's the line-up set for the annual UK Jewish Film Festival, announced this week.

The two-week celebration of Jewish cinema takes place from November 7-22 at venues throughout London and across the country.

Highlights include Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul, and British director David Leon's film Orthodox.


Public have £4,600 stake in new kosher comedy

By Josh Jackman, August 20, 2015

When director Lewis Rose called "cut" on his new film, his cast could easily have been forgiven for reaching for a meat cleaver.

The Chop is a comedy about an unemployed kosher butcher who pretends to be Muslim to get work at a halal shop.


Directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach call for boycott of Israel film festival

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 9, 2015

Over 40 artists and film-makers have called for a boycott of the London Israeli Film and Television Festival, which opens this week.

In a letter to the Guardian, directors including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kosminsky and actress Miriam Margolyes were among those calling for cinemas in London to refuse screening of films that are part of the Seret 2015 season.


Film festival 'will never return to the Tricycle'

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

The UK Jewish Film Festival will not return to the Tricycle Theatre, despite the venue's public apology for boycotting the event, the JC understands.

A source close to festival organisers said the apology had not gone far enough and had been motivated by financial concerns.


Sorry, we got it wrong over UKJFF

By Jonathan Levy, chair of the Tricyle Theatre, May 7, 2015

The Tricycle Theatre made headlines in 2014, at the height of the crisis in Gaza, when it requested that the UK Jewish Film Festival return the £1,400 of funding it received from the Israeli embassy, to be replaced with the same amount from the Tricycle in lieu.