Nae Caranfil

Graduated in 1984 from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography (UNATC) in Bucharest, where he has also taught as a professor. Started his career with short films: Venice in September (1983), Thirty Years of Insomnia (1984) and Backstage (1988). Caranfil made his feature film debut with E Pericoloso Sporgersi (1993) and continued with road movie comedy Asfalt tango starring Charlotte Rampling (1996) and with Dolce far niente (1998). His movie Filantropica (2002) was a critical success. Nae Caranfil wrote the screenplay for all his movies and worked on the music for the first two of them (E Pericoloso Sporgersi and Asfalt-tango).

Allan Corduner

Allan Corduner is a British actor. He has worked extensively on stage, TV and film, both in the UK and in the USA. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh’s award winning Topsy-Turvy. Corduner will take part in the Q&A after The Book of Gabrielle.

Harry Lloyd

Harry Lloyd is a British actor and writer, known for The Theory of Everything, The Iron Lady and The Riot Club. An Eton graduate, he is the great-great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens and has appeared in television adaptations of two of his novels. Lloyd will take part in the Q&A of Closer to the Moon at UKJFF 2015.

Lewis Rose

Lewis Rose is a London-based writer, director and actor. His films have screened at festivals across the world including most recently The London Short Film Festival. He is currently in development for his first feature film. Rose will be take part in the Q&A after the screening of his short film The Chop at UKJFF 2015.

Richard Beecham

Richard Beecham is a freelance theatre director. Based in London, he works across the country and across the repertoire, most recently directing a critically acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller’s Playing for Time starring Sian Phillips at the Sheffield Crucible. The Guitar, premiering at UKJFF 2015, marks Richard’s debut as a filmmaker. Richard will take part in the Q&A after the world premiere of the film.

Melanie Phillips

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, broadcaster and author, whose weekly column currently appears in The Times. She also writes regularly for The Jewish Chronicle and the The Jerusalem Post.At UKJFF 2015, Phillips will take part in the panel discussion after The Zionist Idea.

Colin Shindler

Colin Shindler is Emeritus professor at SOAS, University of London and founding Chairman of the European Association of Israel Studies. Author of eight books, the latest of which is ‘The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron’.

Adam Kossoff

Adam Kossoff is an artist-filmmaker, and a Reader in the Moving Image at the University of Wolverhampton.   As well as The Anarchist Rabbi (2014) his recent work includes Animal Architecture (2014) Made in Wolverhampton (2011) and Moscow Diary (2010).  His most recent exhibition, Animal Architecture, was at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. His work is distributed by Lux.

Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff is an English actor, author,playwrightand theatre director. Throughout his illustrious career, Berkoff appeared in films by Stanley Kubrick and Michelangelo Antonioni, directed plays by Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, and wrote original stage plays. He will take part in a discussion after the screening of The Anarchist Rabbi at the UKJFF 2015.

Anne Joseph

Anne Joseph is a freelance journalist. She is a regular contributor to the Times of Israel and the Forward. Her work has also appeared in The Jewish Chronicle, The Jerusalem Post, as well as The Times Educational Supplement Magazine and The Guardian.

She has a special interest in Israeli cinema and has an MA in World Cinema from Birkbeck, University of London.

Rabbi David Mitchell

Rabbi David Mitchell is part of the rabbinic team at the West London Synagogue of British Jews.  Ordained in 2009 at Leo Baeck College, where he is on the faculty, Rabbi David is passionate about Jewish education, LGBT activism and teaching Biblical narrative through a contemporary lens.  He is currently researching for a PhD in Bible and Gender at Durham University, and holds Masters degrees in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education and an MA Oxon.  He is a patron of Save the Congo and a brand ambassador for Ted Baker.

Rabbi Roni Tabick

Rabbi Roni Tabickis a recent graduate from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He is the rabbi of the New Stoke Newington Shul and assistant rabbi at New North London Synagogue. With a Masters in Ancient Judaism, his main interests are in Jewish mythology and mysticism. Rabbi Tabick will take part in a discussion after the screening of Sacred Sperm.

Dame Janet Suzman, DBE

Dame Janet Suzman has forged a career as one of the most respected stage actresses of her generation, and is the niece of anti-apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman.  Dame Janet is famed for her portrayal of Shakespeare’s most iconic heroines, and her career has also spanned a number of high profile TV dramas and film.  Her role in Nicholas and Alexandra saw her nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.  Marking her great contribution and services to drama, Suzman was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.  At this year’s festival, Dame Janet will introduce Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.

John Goldschmidt

John Goldschmidt is an awardwinning film director and producer and has worked with leading companies such as BBC Films, Granada TV, ZDF and HBO Pictures. His awardwinning films as director include Just One Kid, The Devil’s Lieutenant and Maschenka. Goldschmidt will take part in the Q&A after the screening of his film Dough at UKJFF 2015.

Jerome Holder

Jerome Holder is a twenty-one year-old actor from east London, whose role as a reluctant young Muslim apprentice to an old Jewish baker in Dough is his first major role in a feature film. He has numerous television and radio credits including the BBC’s Holby City and Casualty and BBC Radio 4’s The Interrogation. Jerome takes part in the Q&A after the screening of Dough at UKJFF 2015.

Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum

Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum is the Dean at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), and a leading Jewish educator in the UK. He was ranked 27thin the Jewish Chronicle Power100 list of the most influential people in British Jewry. Dr. Zarum will take discuss the films of Woody Allen with Jason Solomons at UKJFF 2015.

David Evans

David Evans is Emmy-nominated, multi-award winning director of film and television. His work in documentaries includes a BAFTA award-winning film about the English author Angela Carter. He directed Fever Pitch (starring Colin Firth) as well as high-end TV drama, such as Downton Abbey. Evans will take part in the Q&A after the screening of his documentary My Nazi Legacy: What Our Father Did.

David Leon

David Leon is known as an actor, starring in renowned photographer Rankin’s directoral debut The Lives of the Saints and Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla. David’s short film Man and Boy won Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival. He is a Screen Star of Tomorrow and Orthodox is his directorial feature debut which premieres at UKJFF 2015. Leon will take part in the Q&A after the screening.

Rebecca Callard

Rebecca Callard has worked in theatre, television and film for over two decades.  She has starred in The Borrowers, Ordinary Lies and Blackout for the BBC, as well as appearing on stage in the lead for Antigone and Romeo & Juliet directed by Judi Dench. Callard takes part in the Q&A after the premiere of Orthodox.  

Michael Smiley

Michael Smiley initially started his career as a successful comedian, and has now worked in film for over a decade. He won Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, and will be seen in upcoming productions The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos, and Black Sea by Kevin MacDonald. Smiley will take part in the Q&A after the premiere of Orthodox.

Christopher Fairbank

Christopher Fairbank trained at RADA and has a distinguished career in film, television and theatre. Best known for his role as Albert Moxey in the classic TV comedy-drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Fairbank also has featured roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fifth Element and Alien³.  Fairbank will take part in a Q&A after the screening of Orthodox.

Giacomo Mancini

Giacomo Mancini burst to fame playing the role of Gem in the Channel 4 series Top Boy. He went on to play roles in Ripper Street and stars in Orthodox.  He will next be seen in the major motion picture Pan alongside Hugh Jackman. Mancini will take part in the Q&A after the premiere of Orthodox at UKJFF 2015. 

Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson is the creator of the musical web series THE BATTERY’S DOWN (now on Hulu), which features original musical numbers written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning composers. He has created, written and produced television shows for MTV, USA, Bravo, VH1, Lifetime and OWN. Wilson will take part in the Q&A after the screening of his film You Must Be Joking.

Sas Goldberg

Sas Goldberg was last seen in Roundabout Theatre’s new Joshua Harmon play, Significant Other. Other New York credits include: David Adjmi’sStunning (Lincoln Center), The Best of Everything (HERE Arts Center) and The Urban Dictionary Plays (Ars Nova). Her film and TV appearances include: HAPPYish, Hairbrained and Search Party. Sas stars in You Must Be Joking and will take part in the Q&A after the screening at UKJFF 2015.

Moran Rosenblatt

Moran Rosenblatt is a multi-award winning Israeli actress. In 2013 Moran took one of the lead role in Snails in the Rain and won the Best Actress award at the LGBT Film Festival in Tel-Aviv. Her recent leading roles in Apples in the Desert and Wedding Doll have won her nominations and critical acclaim. She will take part in a Q&A after the screening of Apples in the Desert at UKJFF 2015.

Diane Taylor

Diane Taylor is a journalist who writes for the Guardian. She specialises in investigative reporting focusing on human rights, discrimination and injustice. She has written 11 non-fiction memoirs and is joint founder of the NNLS Destitute Asylum Seeker Drop in which has become one of the largest projects of its kind in the UK, working with up to 400 asylum seekers per session. She will take part in a panel discussion after the screening of Hot Line

Kalela Lancaster

Kalela Lancaster is the New Israel fund’s Director of Strategic Engagement. Prior to this she worked at Shatil, the New Israel Fund’s operational arm which supports NIF’s family of activists and organisations on the ground.  Based in Tel Aviv, Kalela provided organisational guidance to several groups working to advance the rights of asylum seekers, including the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants.

Rony Yedidia-Clein

Mrs Rony Yedidia-Clein began her diplomatic career in 1994 as a member of the prestigious Cadets’ course, specialising in Administrative Affairs. She has previously served as Consul in the Consulate General of Israel in Istanbul, as Director of Administration in the Embassy of Israel in Moscow, as Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of Israel to New England, as head of the Consular Liaison Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Senior Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Population and Immigration Authority. Mrs Rony Yedidia-Clein arrived in London in August 2013 to serve as Minister Counsellor for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel. Mrs. Yedidia-Clein holds a BA in English Literature from Tel Aviv University, an MA in American Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an additional MA in Public Policy, also from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.​  She is married and lives with her husband in London, while their children are scattered around the world, in Israel, California and Singapore.


Justin Hardy

Justin has spent his career making award winning television history.  His most recent production was RTS nominated BBC WW1 drama, 37 DAYS, starring Ian McDiarmid and Sinead Cusack.  In the past fifteen years, he has made TV films covering every century of our island’s story; from 1066 through to the London Riots of 2011.  He won the first ever Royal Television Society Award for History, with THE GREAT PLAGUE in 2000.  He has won three more RTS, with HANGING, TRAFALGAR, CITY OF VICE.  He was nominated for a BAFTA for BELSEN, and for an EMMY with HISTORY OF DRAGONS.  He also has experience in history games.  His CITY OF VICE online game won a BAFTA, and the 1066 game was BAFTA nominated.

Kate Muir

Kate Muir is chief film critic at The Times and previously worked as a columnist for the newspaper in New York, Paris and Washington. She is also a novelist and lives in North London.

Tim Robey

Tim Robey has written on film, and occasionally books, for the Daily Telegraph since 2000. He is co-editor of The DVD Stack (Canongate), a guide to the best versions of movies available globally, and turns up on Radio 4’s Front Row, the Film Programme, Monocle FM Radio and BBC Film 2015. He will discuss Son of Saul at UKJFF 2015.

Nati Dinnar

Nati Dinnar has worked for more than 20 years in the commercial television market in different companies and in diverse roles. He created the docu-drama Sabena, bringing together two Israeli prime ministers, an Israeli President and intriguing interviewees from the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. His production company NDA Productions produces films for theatre and TV. Dinnar will take part in the Q&A after the screening of Sabena at UKJFF 2015.

Iris Zaki

Iris Zaki moved from Israel to London in 2009 to study documentary filmmaking. In 2010 she made her debut with the award-winning short documentary My Kosher Shifts, and in 2013 commenced a PhD in documentary filmmaking. Zaki will take part in a Q&A after the screening of her latest documentary Women in Sink at UKJFF 2015.

Duki Dror

Duki Drorstudied film at UCLA and Columbia College Chicago. His extensive body of work ranges from personal films tracing his own family’s journey from Iraq to Israel, to character-driven feature documentaries, experimental documentaries and unique artist biographies. Among his award-winning films are Shadow in Baghdad and Incessant Visions. Dror will discuss his film Partner with the Enemy at UKJFF 2015.

Dr Yaron Peleg

Dr. Yaron Peleg is Kennedy Leigh Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several books on modern Hebrew literature that deal with homoeroticism, orientalism, romanticism, as well as books on contemporary Israeli cinema. His most recent book looks at Jewish religiosity in Israeli films.

Lior Raz

Lior Raz has acted in a variety of feature films, including The Kindergarten Teacher, Policeman, The World Is Funny and more. Raz is a partner in the production and content company kookoorooza which is behind the successful TV series Fauda. Raz will take part in the Q&A after the screening of Fauda at UKJFF 2015.

Adam Benzine

As a British journalist and filmmaker based in Toronto, ADAM BENZINE has senior editorial experience on both sides of the Atlantic, having written for a variety of newspapers and film publications including The Globe and Mail, The Independent and Indiewire.

He is currently the Canadian Bureau Chief for entertainment industry trade publisher C21 Media, and for the last four years served as the Associate Editor of Realscreen, the international magazine and website covering the global business of documentaries.

He is a regular fixture at most major documentary, film and TV industry festivals and markets, including Sundance, SXSW, MIPCOM and TIFF; and frequently chairs panel sessions and Q&As with filmmakers and executives, at events such as Hot Docs, IDFA, the Realscreen Summit and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Adam is an expert on the work of Claude Lanzmann, and Spectres of the Shoah marks his directorial debut.

Gur Bentwich

Gur Bentwich is an Israeli filmmaker who has directed three feature films: a cult film Planet Blue, Total Love and Up the Wrong Tree, and two documentaries: Etgar Keret What Animal Are You? and The Bentwich Syndrome. He lives in Tel Aviv with his partner, editor and muse Maya Kenig. He will take part in the Q&A after the screening of The Bentwich Syndrome.

Maya Kenig

Maya Kenig, directed Off-white Lies, which screened at Berlinale, Palm springs film festival, Pusan Film Festival amongst others.  and more. As an editor she word on numerous TV series, documentaries and feature  films, including her partner Gur Bentwich’s latest feature film Up the Wrong Tree as well as his two documentaries Etgar Keret: What Animal Are You and The Bentwich Syndrome. She will take part in the Q&A after the screening of The Bentwich Syndrome.

Graham Broadbent

Independent film producer Graham Broadbent previously worked on the 2012 BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA and winner of a Golden Globe; BAFTA nominated drama Seven Psychopaths; Millions, directed by Danny Boyle; Becoming Jane, directed by Julian Jarrold with Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy; and Welcome to Sarajevo, Michael Winterbottom’s drama nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Michael Kuhn

Michael is a film producer and former CEO of Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Under his leadership, Polygram produced over 120 feature films, amassing 15 Oscars and taking revenues of over $1 billion.  Amongst these films were Four Weddings and a Funeral, Trainspotting, Being John Malkovic, Notting Hill and Fargo.

For his contribution to the UK film industry, Michael was awarded the BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award in 1999.  Since setting up Qwerty Films in 1999, Michael has produced 11 features, including Severance, The Duchess and Suite Française.

Magnus Gertten

Magnus Gertten is a director, producer and screenwriter from Sweden. Graduating with a degree in journalism, Gertten has developed a successful filmmaking career that includes 15 directorial works. Gertten will discuss his film Every Face Has a Name at UKJFF 2015.

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.

Yaron Lapid

Yaron Lapid is a London-based Israeli-born artist and filmmaker. He has a BFA from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem and a MFA from Goldsmiths College. He screens and exhibits regularly internationally. Lapid will take part in a Q&A after the Experimental Short Films programme.

Jack Fishburn

Jack graduated from Harvard University in 2008 and LAMDA in 2010. Upon graduating from LAMDA Jack moved from acting into script development and production.

Jack co-wrote and produced his debut feature Love me till Monday in 2012 which premiered at the 2013 London Film Festival. He was nominated for the ‘Best British Newcomer’ award by the BFI. 

He recently produced his second feature film Captain Webb about the first man to swim the English Channel in 1875. The film stars Warren Brown (Luther) and Steve Oram (Sightseers), the sound track is written by Mercury prize nominees British Sea Power. The film is being distributed worldwide by Miramax. The film opened theatrically in the UK on 14th August 2015 at Curzon cinemas and the ICA. It is currently touring regional cinemas.

The Green Park is his third feature film. 

Emanuela Giordano

Writer and director Emanuela Giordano studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and at Sapienza, University of Rome, with a course in drama directed by Eduardo De Filippo.  She started from a young age, writing and creating cultural programmes for Radio RAI 3 and the Third Network RAI TV. For years a performer, director and writer, she has been devoted to directing and dramaturgy.

Her short films and documentaries have been recognised and selected for the most important Italian and European festivals. Emanuela’s latest film The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life was presented at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands QC is a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers and has been involved in a series of high-profile international cases. He is a professor of international law at University College London and a writer of non-fiction books. At UKJFF 2015, Professor Sands will take part in the Q&A after My Nazi Legacy.

Niklas Frank

Niklas Frank, is the son of Hans Frank, Minister of the Reich and Governor General of Polish occupied country from 1939 to 1945. After the war, Hans Frank was sentenced to death at the Nuremberg trial and executed in October 1946. Niklas, a highly respected journalist, has written three books about his family: “The Father – a revenge”, “My German Mother” and “Brother Norman!” He will take part in the Q&A after the screening of My Nazi Legacy.

Gayle Kirschenbaum

Gayle Kirschenbaum is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, TV producer and personality. She is the producerdirector of the documentary My Nose, a film festival favourite playing worldwide to rave reviews. Kirschenbaum will discuss her new documentary Look at Us Now, Mother! at UKJFF 2015.

Amir I. Wolf

Amir I. Wolf studied film & television at Tel Aviv University, and has directed several short films and plays in the Gesher Theater. Wolf also teaches film directing in a liberal arts high school in Tel Aviv. Fire Birds is his first feature as a director and scriptwriter, and he will be discussing his film at UKJF 2015.

Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman is a fashion journalist and a Guardian columnist, and has authored books on fashion, women’s popular culture, and the cinema of the 1980s. Freeman will introduce and discus her favourite Jewish 80’s  filmCrossing Delancey‘ and talk about her latest book ”The Lessons We Learned from 80’s Movies”.