UK Jewish Film Festival

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.


Exclusive: Tricycle apologises for film festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

The chairman of the Tricycle Theatre has apologised for boycotting the UK Jewish Film Festival and admitted that the venue made “the wrong decision”.

Last summer, the north London theatre responded to the Gaza conflict by calling on the UKJFF to drop the £1,400 funding it received from the Israeli embassy.

The festival refused and withdrew from the venue.


Pears film fund awards £10,000 grants to Jewish directors

By JC Reporter, March 26, 2015

Young directors Lewis Rose and Richard Beecham were celebrating this week after each receiving a £10,000 grant from the Pears UKJFF Short Film Fund.

The money will help Mr Rose, 27, make The Chop, his film about a kosher butcher in a moment of crisis.

"The grant means a lot,2 he said. "It's the difference between making it now or 18 months' time. We can go into production right away."


Etherton to take over at film festival

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

The man behind major culture festivals in the UK, Geneva, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv has been named as the next chief executive of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Michael Etherton has organised music and film festivals across the globe since he graduated from Oxford University and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.


Rush for tickets as film festival opens

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

At least 15,000 people are expected to attend the UK Jewish Film Festival, with organisers reporting that 60 per cent of tickets were sold out in advance of the festival opening on this week.

Israeli films, The Green Prince; The Dove Flyer and Zero Motivation have been the most popular draws in London.


How not to propose - it's a movie idea

By Stephen Applebaum, October 14, 2014

When The Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg got close to proposing to his wife, Jocelyn Towne, he panicked and broke up with her instead. She took off to Paris and he desperately went after her to try and salvage their relationship.


Director uses family knowledge for emotive tale of living with disability

By Simon Round, October 14, 2014

Asaf Korman must have realised that the chances of his film Next To Her becoming a box office hit were slight. He is, after all, a first time feature director and the subject he chose for the movie is not remotely commercial - a frank and at times uncomfortable portrayal of the co-dependent relationship between a school security officer and her seriously learning disabled sister.


Film festival seeks cash to cover cost of boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 28, 2014

The UK Jewish Film Festival is trying to raise money to cover the extra costs caused by the Tricycle Theatre's boycott.

Director Judy Ironside said that arranging new venues had inflicted an unexpected financial burden on the festival.

The theatre did a U-turn last week and told the UKJFF it would screen their films but this will not happen immediately.