FilmLab: How to Run a Production Company

Ivana MacKinnon, the producer of the 2016 Pears Short Film Fund Winner ‘Memory Songs’, who is currently producing a feature film, will discuss with us the life of an indie producer. She will talk about producing her first feature film and about working on Jewish themes in ‘Memory Songs’.

This will be a very special meeting where we will be announcing the two winners of the 2017 Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF.

UKJF in Manchester & JW3

The Pickle Recipe

Seeing his precious sound equipment trashed in a freak accident, Joey Miller partners up with his shady uncle Morty to steal his grandmother’s highly guarded pickle recipe and sell it for a small fortune. As expected, the plan goes horribly wrong, but the lesson Joey learns in the process is priceless: there is nothing more important in life than your family, except maybe for a truly scrumptious pickle.

19 – 23, Cineworld Didsbury

26 – 30 March, JW3

UKJF at Reel Borehamwood


A powerful and profound tale of youthful passion as the gifted son of a kosher butcher from Newark wins a scholarship to better himself at a prestigious university in mid-West America. Oscar nominated director James Schamus creates an extraordinary portrait of 1950s America where love and idealism is pitted against the unyielding ties and expectations of country, family and tradition.

22 – 26 March, Reel Borehamwood

UKF at JW3

The Second Time Around

An audience favourite during the UK International Jewish Film Festival, about a widow who finds love with a man at a retirement residence.

19 – 23 March, JW3

UKF at JW3

When Do We Eat?

After last year’s Seder turned to a dysfunctional disaster, one of the boys Zeke (Ben Feldman – Kissing Jessica Stein) slips Dad a dose of special, hallucinogenic Ecstasy in order to “Give him a new perspective”. By the end of the night, Dad’s visions turn him into a modern day Moses, intent on leading this hungry group to the promised land of family forgiveness. Of course, they’re all so stubborn, it would be easier to part the Red Sea.

2 – 6 April, JW3


Keep Quiet

Keep Quiet is the remarkable story of Hungarian politician Csanád Szegedi, who – as a vocal antisemite and Holocaust denier – came up through the ranks to become vice-President of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right party. When he discovers that he is in fact Jewish and that his beloved grandmother survived Auschwitz, he goes on an astonishing journey.

23 – 17 April, JW3

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