François Margolin

François Margolin is an award-winning French writer, director and producer. His first short movie, Elle et Lui, won the famous Jean Vigo Prize. He was nominated twice for the Cesars. François also works as a lecturer at La Sorbonne. At UKJFF 2014, he will be presenting his feature film The Art Dealer.



Anna Sigalevitch

Anna Sigalevitch comes from a family of Russian musicians. Trained as a classical pianist and ballet dancer, she began her acting career as a teenager in Michael Haneke’s acclaimed The Piano Teacher. She also starred in Flight of the Red Balloon by Hou Hsiao Hsien. She is lead actress in The Art Dealer by François Margolin, together with the celebrated French actor Michel Bouquet.

Romi Aboulafia

Romi Aboulafia is an Israeli actress based in London. She is known for her work on The Debt (2010), Breaking and Entering (2006) and Joe + Belle (2011). At UKJFF 2014 Romi will be presenting Anywhere Else.

Nelly Tagar

Nelly Tagar is an Israeli TV, theatre and film actress.  She was born in 1982 in Tel Aviv and started acting when she was 10 years old. Nelly is best known for Zero Motivation (2014), Tied Hands (2006) and Foreign Sister (2000). She stars in Past Life, which is the Closing Night Gala film of the 21st UK International Jewish Film Festival.

David Scheinmann

David Scheinmann is a British director. David began his career in commercial photography in the mid 80’s. By the 90’s, David was directing numerous music videos and commercials. He co–owned and ran a London based commercials production company (Velocity Films) representing comedy directors, most notably Ricky Gervais. David produced and directed commercials for Canon, Suzuki, P&G, and his spots for Nescafe won a Silver Lion at Cannes. At UKJFF 2014, he presents his 2nd feature film Believe, and his Pears Short Film The Divorce.


Danny Scheinmann

Danny Scheinmann is co-director, along with brother David, of the Pears-winning Short film The Divorce. He also coached the children actors in his brother’s ‘Believe’ . Scheinmann’s first novel Random Acts Of Heroic Love was translated in to 21 languages. He was a founder of The Besht Tellers, and has acted in ‘World Without End’ directed by Michael Caton Jones, and ‘Ambassadors’ with Mitchell and Webb, to name but a few performances.

Billy Lumby

Born in London, Billy Lumby studied philosophy and began his career as a creative assistant to directors including Harmony Korine, Derek Cianfrance, John Hillcoat, and Oscar-winning editor Angus Wall.

His last short film GOD VIEW was an experimental drama shot entirely from above using a specially designed bodyrig. After a run of top festivals and awards (including Clermont-Ferrand, Seoul, Encounters & St. Petersburg), it was bought by Canal+ and broadcast on TV in France, Spain, Switzerland and across Africa.

His latest film SAMUEL-613 – winner of the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF and produced in association with Dazed magazine – is a comedy/drama that explores London’s Hasidic community, gaining unprecedented access for a drama, including non-professional actors and Yiddish dialogue.


Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar is a French writer, director and producer. As director, her films include The Inheritors (2013), Bowling (2011) and My First Time (2011). At UKJFF 2014, she presents Once In A Lifetime.

Susan Korda

Gotham’s Susan Korda honed her cinematic craft in the editing room, learned about character from Shakespeare and understands history through time travel. At UKJFF 2014 Korda will present her short film Salomea’s Nose.


Ram Loevy

Ram Loevy is an Israeli filmmaker and Prof. Emeritus at Tel Aviv University. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University, London Film School and Harvard. Ram has made approximately 60 films for Israel TV, British Channel 4 , American PBS , French Channel 5 and more. He is an Israel Prize Laureate and a winner of Prix Italia.

Zdeněk Jiráský

Zdeněk Jiráský graduated in screenwriting and script editing from FAMU in 2004, then started making documentaries. His films for Czech TV include Vanishing Prague (2008) on the transformation of the Czech metropolis, Asák (2010) about photographer Petr Helbich, and Goulash for 750 Million (2010) on election campaigns. His feature film debut Flower Buds (2011), shown in its international premiere in the East of the West competition at KVIFF 2012, won four Czech Lion awards, including Best Film and Best Director. In Silence is his second feature.



Linda Menuhin

Linda Menuhin serves as a senior consultant vis-avis the Arab world in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She seeks to stretch bridges of understanding between Israel and the Arab world. She is a recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Wexner Foundation for Master Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. At UKJFF, she brings her film Shadow In Baghdad.

Jan Kidawa-Błoński

Jan KidawaBłoński studied architecture, and then film at the prestigious Lodz Film School. He is a Polish filmmaker, known for films like Men’s Business, Little Rose, and Samuel. In 2010, he won a Golden Lion award at the Polish Film Festival. At UKJFF 2014, Kidawa-Błoński presents In Hiding.

Dina Brawer

Dina Brawer was born in Milan and raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. She holds a BA in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of London and an MA in Education and Psychology from the Institute of Education, London and is currently studying for Orthodox rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Maharat in New York. She developed an interest in Jewish Orthodox Feminism over the last decade and in her role as JOFA UK Ambassador she has initiated a feminist movement within Orthodox Judaism. Dina was recently listed in The Jewish Chronicle’s Power 100 List of individuals who are most influential in shaping the UK Jewish community.

Leah Shakdiel

In 1988, Leah Shakdiel became Israel’s first female member of a local Religious Council, following a successful struggle that ended with a landmark Supreme Court decision. As a School for Educational Leadership Fellow (1994-6), Shakdiel developed a model for feminist pedagogy for Israel. She currently teaches Hebrew and Jewish studies at a range of academic institutions in Israel.

Professor Bernard Jackson

Professor Bernard Jackson directed the Agunah Research Unit at the University of Manchester (2004-2009) ( The purpose of the Unit was to explore ways, within Orthodox Halakhah (Jewish Law), to solve the problem of the Mesurevet Get, a woman whose husband refuses to grant a Jewish divorce.

Professor Jackson has held posts at the Universities of Kent, Liverpool and Manchester and Visiting Appointments in Jerusalem, Oxford, Harvard, Paris, Bologna and Brussels. He is currently (part-time) Professor of Law and Jewish Studies at Liverpool Hope University. His research interests are in the semiotics of law and the history and philosophy of Jewish law. He is the author of ten books, including Wisdom-Laws and Essays on Halakhah in the New Testament.

Peter Cohn

Peter Cohn is a New York-based filmmaker.  His previous documentaries include “Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America,” (2010) and “Golden Venture” (2006).

Cohn’s debut theatrical feature “Drunks” (1995) premiered at Sundance, aired on Showtime, and won the entertainment industry Prism Award for its realistic depiction of alcoholism.

Cohn’s production company, Hillcrest Films, creates digital media and distribution campaigns for social issue documentaries.

At UKJFF 2014, Peter will present his documentary Holy Land.

Cassian Harrison

Cassian Harrison is Channel Editor of BBC4. He is responsible for maintaining and building BBC4’s singular and innovative voice, capitalising on its successes across Arts, Music, History, Documentary and Drama, and maximising its collaborations across the BBC, particularly with BBC2.

Holli Rubin

Holli Rubin is a prominent psychotherapist specialising in body image.  Holli also works to shape government policy around body image, in particular through her work with Anybody UK. Holli participates in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image, and contributes to many forums on the topic, as well as producing reports for the Government Equalities Office. ‘Two For The Price Of One’, co-authored with Susie Orbach in June 2014, explores the impact of body image during pregnancy and after birth.

Dan Walker

UK producer Dan Walker has been active in the film sector for over 20 years first as a film lawyer specialising in international film financing and later as a film and television producer. He is based in Paris. At UKJFF 2014 he will be presenting his film The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.

Gonen Ben Itzhak

Gonen Ben Itzhak is one of the two protagonists in Green Prince. He is 43 years old, married with 4 kids. Has a psychology and management B.A degree from Ben Gurion University and a Masters degree in Law from Tel Aviv University

Nadja Oertelt

Nadja Oertelt is a scientist and filmmaker interested in the intersection of science and the arts.  She is currently a producer at HarvardX, creating a multimedia, interactive, educational open-source documentary neuroscience with a team of animators, illustrators, artists and filmmakers.  She graduated from MIT in 2007 with a BS in Neuroscience. She has studied visual arts, film, archaeology and anthropology, directed and produced short documentaries for Vice/VBS and published research as a neuroscientist at MIT and Harvard. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in South Africa and investigated the evolution of primates while at UCL in London.


Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen has directed, produced and written ten documentaries for New York’s PBS station, including three that have won New York Emmy Awards in the last three years. After years as a staff producer at NBC News, she now owns and runs a small Brooklyn-based production company called BetterThanFiction.


Tsahi Halevi

Tsahi Halevi is an award-winning Israeli actor. For the past 20 years Tsahi has been performing music in Israel and abroad, and now he is developing his international career as actor, as well as musician. For his role of Razi in Bethlehem he was awarded Best Actor at Haifa International Film Festival and received an Israeli Academy Award.

Ella Zaharano Grinhouse

Ella Zaharano Grinhouse,  2010 MFA, Film and Television Department, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Ella lives and works in Tel Aviv and she is a wife and mother. She has been making videos and short films since 2005 and teaches cinematography. Not In Our Neighbourhood is her first full length documentary.

Ginette Vincendeau

Ginette Vincendeau is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London and a regular contributor to Sight and Sound. Her latest book, Brigitte Bardot, The Life, The Legend, The Movies, is published this autumn in the UK (Carlton Books). At UKJFF 2014, Vincendeau will discuss Natan.

Yossi Aviram

Yossi Aviram is an Israeli writer and director. He has graduated with honour from Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. His first feature The Dune won Best First Feature Film Award at Haifa Film Festival; it has also been selected for San Sebastian, San Francisco and other film festivals. At UKJFF 2014, Yossi will also present The Polgar Variant and Under The Same Sun.

Sophie Solomon

Sophie Solomon is widely regarded as the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she went on to launch a successful solo career with Decca Records where she collaborated with KT Tunstall, Ludovico Einaudi, Richard Hawley and Ralph Fiennes. Sophie is also Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute.

Quentin Collins

Quentin Collins is one of Europe’s top Jazz/Commercial trumpeters. He has worked with a plethora of internationally renowned musicians including Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Prince, and in the jazz world, Jean Toussaint, Joel Frahm, and Gwyneth Herbert. Quentin currently co-leads “The Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet”, a Hammond-organ quartet with tenor sax titan Brandon Allen. He is also the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood band.

Ian Watson

Ian Watson graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He performs with orchestras and ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Ensemble. A keen advocate of new music, he works closely with many leading composers and has performed and recorded with Blur, The Divine Comedy and Sophie Solomon. His playing is regularly featured in film scores.

Grant Windsor

Grant Windsor is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and producer from Perth, Western Australia. He has performed extensively with artists as diverse as Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Plan B, Stephanie Mckay and Benji B. Grant has also written the orchestral works “State of Union” for the West Australian Composers Ensemble, “Lacrimosa” a rework of Mozart’s Lacrimosa from the Mozart Requiem for orchestra and Jazz quartet and “The Memoriam Concerto”, a concerto for electric bass and Orchestra.

Lola Bessis

Lola Bessis is a French screenwriter, director, producer and actress. After attending some of the most prestigious film schools – UCL (London), The New School and NYU (New York) – and working on documentaries and TV shows, Lola co-wrote the multi award-winning short film, Checkpoint. She has also directed several fiction and experimental short films. At only 21, Lola co-directed, produced and wrote her first feature film, Swim Little Fish. In 2012, along with Ruben Amar, she founded her production company, Les Films de la Fusée. She’s currently developing two new feature scripts and a TV series.

Ruben Amar

Ruben Amar is a French multi-award winning filmmaker. He has written and directed six acclaimed short films shot in London, New York, Paris, and Israel/Palestine. His first feature film, Swim Little Fish Swim, co-directed with Lola Bessis has premiered at SXSW ‘13. In 2012, Lola and Ruben founded their production company, Les Films de la Fusée. Ruben is currently developing two new feature scripts. He lives between Paris and New York.

Henry Green

Henry Green is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Miami (Florida,) the Founding Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida, and the Executive Director of Sephardi Voices International. At UKJFF 2014, he presents his Short Film What We Left Behind.

Bea Lewkowicz

Dr Bea Lewkowicz is a social anthropologist and oral historian. She has co-directed the AJR Refugee Voices Archive and is currently the director of Sephardi Voices UK. She directed and produced many testimony-based films for projects and exhibitions, among them Refugee Experiences, on permanent display in the Jewish Museum London. At UKJFF 2014, she presents her Short Film Lives In Focus.

Stella Joory

Stella Joory is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the UK Jewish Film.

She joined the UK Jewish Film Festival in 1998 and has since taken an active part in its growth and development.  Stella was one of the members who strongly advocated expanding the reach of the organization by relocating the Brighton Jewish Film Festival to its current home in London in 2005. More recently, she helped lead the establishment of the International Jewish Film Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, which has now run successfully for the second year in a row.

She also held the position of Chairman of the JNF in Brighton and Hove.

Growing up in a multi-lingual and multi- cultural home and with a rich literary background and fluency in 5 different languages, Stella has an understanding for diverse cultures and their intellectual and aesthetic existence. Exercising these skills, she acts as a programmer and a synopsis writer for the UK Jewish Film.

Stella holds an MA in Modern German Studies and a BA in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Sussex. Her MA thesis on The Naming of the Düsseldorf University on Heinrich Heine is displayed at the university’s German Jewish Centre Library.

She is currently writing her first biographical fiction.

Cecilia Peck

Cecilia Peck is an award-winning American, actor, director and producer. Her Los Angeles based company, Rocket Girl Productions, produces independent feature films and documentaries. As an actress, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Portrait,  and played the leading role in Torn Apart, among others. She has been contributing editor at Premiere Magazine and Moving Pictures Magazine, and has served on the jury of Aspen Shortsfest and the Cognac Film Festival. At UKJFF 2014, she will be presenting her documentary Brave Miss World.

Linor Abargil

At the age of 18 Linor became Miss Israel and was sent to the Miss World Competition to represent Israel. A month and a half before the contest, she was brutally raped. In November of that year, the world saw her cry onstage as she was crowned Miss World. She has since become an advocate for rape victims worldwide. This film is her story.

Jordan Stone

Jordan Stone was born in New York City and raised in London. He worked as a First Assistant Director with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jeff Bridges and Robert De Niro. He’s also produced films with Sofia Coppola, Spike Lee and Mike Figgis. His parents, Barbara and David Stone, established the prestigious London art house cinema chain, The Gate Cinemas

Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman CBE is an award-winning film, theatre and television actress, columnist and comedienne. Her extensive theatre work includes See How They Run (awarded Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance); Live and Kidding (nominated for 1998 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment); Glorious! (Olivier Award nominated show); Oklahoma (Lyceum). Maureen starred in Roman Polanski’s award-winning film The Pianist, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Polish Film Awards.

Simon Chinn

Double Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn has been responsible for some of the most successful documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

His films include UKJFF hit The Green Prince; Man on Wire, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, the BAFTA for Best British Film, Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producer’s Guild of America, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize; and Searching for Sugar Man, winner of the BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Documentary, and winner of the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize (both in World Cinema – Documentary) at Sundance.