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Made by some of the UK’s best new talent, these shorts demonstrate unique vision and innovative storytelling.

Films screening at this event

The Master of York

Director
Kieron Quirke
Country
UK
Year
2017

In 12th century York, Rav Menachem is a dedicated Master of the Law, whose life is wrecked when his brother dies. Menachem is obliged by the Law to marry Chana, his brother’s widow, and to meet her sexual needs – a task that plays havoc with his studies. Anxious to get his scholar’s life back, he turns to his knowledge of ancient Jewish magic, and fashions a Golem – a man of clay, who can be animated and reanimated to satisfy his wife’s desires. But Gideon the Golem turns out to useful in other ways too…

Hope Dies Last

Director
Ben Price
Country
UK
Year
2017
Duration
8 min

UK filmmaker Ben Price returns to the festival with this suspenseful short, based on the story of Józef Paczyński, a Polish political prisoner at Auschwitz who became the personal barber to camp commander Rudolf Höss.

Rachel

Director
Karen Anstee
Country
UK
Year
2016
Duration
10 min

From beyond death Rachel is instructing her non-Jewish husband to stand firm, and not let her father ignore her burial wishes.

The Fall of Mitzi Sheinman

Director
Ben Mallaby
Country
UK
Year
2016
Duration
7 min

Mitzy Sheinman is convinced that she is the perfect friend, mother and grandmother. So what if she is the only one who thinks that?

The Entertainer

Director
Jonathan Schey
Country
UK
Year
2017
Duration
15 min

Toby Jones is wonderful as a former TV presenter, who, now that his days of stardom are over, is forced to make a living as a party entertainer. Charlotte Cohen’s Bat Mitzvah celebration will prompt his emotional meltdown – and his redemption.

Call Me Alvy

original title
13
Director
Alexei Slater
Country
UK
Year
2017
Duration
10 min

Brian Silver – almost 13 – has been obsessed with Woody Allen ever since his older brother introduced him to Annie Hall. Does his mother (Tracy Ann Oberman) have a reason to worry, or is it just a phase?

The Outer Circle

Director
Adam Baroukh
Country
UK
Year
2017

The Outer Circle is a portrait of four generations of the Fattals as they gather for their annual feast in Mama’s house on Rosh Hashanah. The story takes place in a Regent’s Park townhouse furnished in gilded tissue-box covers, ivory statuettes, marble fruit decorations, and enough Persian rugs to stock a small vendor. Midway through a gruelling Orthodox conversion, Daniel and his fiancée Katherine are eager to gain the blessing of his imtimidatingly large and loud Iraqi Jewish family. Katherine’s natural elegance and ‘English English’ heritage immediately endears her to them, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the warm and welcoming atmosphere, some are not as ready as others to accept her newly acquired Jewish status.