Ilan Duran Cohen

Ilan Duran Cohen is a French film director and writer, living and working in Paris. He has written 4 novels, and written and directed films that have shown at the Sundance and Venice Film Festivals (Confusion of Genders and Grand Sons).

David Ondříček

Starting as a documentarist, the Czech writer and director David Ondrícek is the son of the world-famous Director of Photography, Miroslav Ondrícek (Ragtime, Amadeus). In The Shadow is David’s fifth feature film.

Robin Harris and Laura Anstee

Robin Harris and Laura Anstee met while playing in She’koyokh Klezmer Ensemble, reviewed the ‘UK’s best Klezmer Band’ by Songlines Magazine. During this time with She’koyokh, a shared passion of Klezmer was developed and became adopted into their instrumental techniques, many of which are drawn on for their score to Der Golem.

Chris Branch

Chris’s first foray into movies was in 1998 when his own production company Starfire Entertainment made Labor Pains staring Mary Tyler Moore, Keyre Sedgwick and Rob Morrow. There followed a hiatus while Chris started his own company Momentum Underwriting Management (MUM) in The City of London and following the sale of MUM, resumed his film producing with films starring Steven Seagal, Ray Liotta and Dolph Lundgren. In 2011, he added Documentaries to his list of producing interests and started work on THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: Music Saved My Life, the remarkable story of 109 year old Alice Herz Sommer.  Chris is also the co owner of music publishing company SerieAmusic. He has an honors degree in Archaelogy.

Joshua Fisher

Joshua Fisher combines his career as a concert violinist and teacher with that of violin/director of the English Soloists, a chamber ensemble which brings together some of the finest string players in Britain today.

Danièle Thompson

Danièle Thompson is a Monegasque film director and screenwriter. She has written screenplays for a number of highly successful films including Cousin, cousine, La Boum, Belphégor – Le fantôme du Louvre, La Reine Margot and Jet Lag, which she also directed. She was nominated for the 1976 Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Cousin, cousine. Her 2006 film, Fauteuils d’orchestre was France’s entrant for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Her film It Happened In Saint-Tropez will screen at this year’s UKJFF.

Jez Freedman

Jez Freedman won the International Emmy Sir Peter Ustinov Award for his television drama The Storyteller. Viva Films subsequently optioned Dough, his first feature film screenplay and later hired him as Story Editor on Terminal. In 2013 Jez was appointed the company’s Head of Development.

Glenn Holberton

Glenn Holberton is a BAFTA nominated film-maker. He has produced short films for the BBC, Channel Four, Nickelodeon & S4C, as well as producing visual effect sequences for feature films.

Sophia Ramcharan

Sophia Ramcharan has been working in production and project management for the BBC for more than 8 years. Teaming up with director Simon Dymond on FilmWorks, Sophia produced Happy New Year, awarded the Pears Short Film Fund 2013.

Magnus Gertten

Magnus Gertten is an award-winning director and producer from Malmö, Sweden. Gertten has directed a number of documentaries for international TV channels and film festivals since 1998.

Ami Ayalon

Ami Ayalon is an Israeli politician and a former member of the Knesset for the Labor Party. He was previously head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, and commander- in-chief of the Navy.

Diana Groó

Diana Groó is a feature and documentary director. She received her education in Budapest, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in French-Hebrew from the Faculty of Arts, ELTE, followed by a Master’s in TV and Film Directing, at the Department of Film and Television Directing at the Hungarian Film Academy in 2000.

Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE

Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, and was the second woman rabbi in the UK, the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. She is a cross bench peer and social commentator, writing and broadcasting on a variety of social and religious issues.

Zahavit Shalev

Zahavit Shalev is Rabbi’s Assistant at New North London Synagogue. She will start studying to become a rabbi in September 2014. Zahavit is married to David Boyd and is the mother of Rosa, Asher, and Elon.

Udi Aloni

Udi Aloni is a writer, artist, theatre director, and filmmaker whose work explores the discourse between art, theory, and action. Splitting his time between the US and the Middle East, Udi’s work has been presented at galleries, theaters, and film festivals around the world.

Jo Glanville

Jo Glanville is director of English PEN, a charity that supports the freedom to read and write. She was an award-winning editor of Index on Censorship and is a former BBC current affairs producer. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize 2013.

Tanya Winston

Tanya Winston a freelance documentary Producer/Director working mainly for Channel 4 and the BBC. Her films include 16 Kids & Counting, The Hospital, Keeping Britain Alive, Rock N’ Roll Hotel and River Police. She also has a long history of DJ-ing. From East End warehouse parties to seminal clubs such as Turnmills and Egg she brings her own brand of dancefloor energy, as well as producing her own Jewish influenced tunes as one half of GhettoPlotz.

Seth Fisher

Seth Fisher is a writer/director living and working in Los Angeles. Blumenthal is his first feature length film and he now has several television projects in development.

Yariv Horowitz

Before directing his first feature film, Rock the Casbah, Yariv Horowitz directed music videos, TV shows and commercials in Israel, Europe and the US, and a number of documentary films that were sold to Channel 4 and the Sundance Channel. In 2012, he was elected Chairman of the Directors Guild of Israel.

Robbie Collin

Robbie Collin is the Telegraph’s chief film critic. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Film 2013, the Film Programme on Radio 4, the Radio 2 Arts Show, Sky News and Sky Movies.

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.

Yoram Allon

Yoram Allon is founder and commissioning editor of Wallflower Press, leading specialist publishers of scholarly books devoted to the history, theory and criticism of world cinema. He is also a freelance film curator, currently engaged as programme consultant for SERET: The London Israeli Film Festival.

Emma Hayter

Emma Hayter has worked as a Producer, Executive Producer, Financier and Filmmaker on a number of feature films and television series including Robert Altman’s VINCENT AND THEO, LOVEJOY, TAGGART, BOOKSIDE, and films including JOYRIDERS, LADIES IN LAVENDER, MY SUMMER OF LOVE, DEADLINES, VENT DE COLERE, APRES L’OCEAN and ON A CLEAR DAY. She has also taught at several film schools including the NFTS, Media Business School Ronda, The Met Film School and London Film School. She speaks fluent French, and has sat on several industry committees.

Alessandro Iacoponi

Prior to joining Distrify, Alessandro worked for MUBI in London where he defined and executed the business development strategy and gained high level of background knowledge about the connected TV market, the IPTV/OTT market and the digital content market. He has been a VOD panelist at a range of Film Festivals including IDFA and Rotterdam. At Distrify Alessandro is focussing on European content and marketing partnerships.

Tracey Josephs

Tracey Josephs is Head of Production at Film4, Channel 4’s feature film arm, where she oversees production of films from first time filmmakers and established directors. Past films include The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Room, Ex Machina, The Imposter, Slumdog Millionaire, In Bruges, This is England and The Last King of Scotland.

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.

Stephen Margolis

Stephen Margolis is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the film industry. Since founding Future Films in 2000, he has been involved in raising over £2 billion for film production and has acted as Producer, Executive Producer or Financier for more than 30 titles including: Cracks, Veronika Decides to Die, Flawless and Ladies in Lavender. Stephen has also been responsible for driving Future Films’ strong track record outside the UK, with the structuring of the first Anglo-Russian co-production, a German film fund and activities in America and Australia, and the establishment of Future Films as one of the leading international producers of Spanish and French films.

Keren Misgav Ristvedt

Since joining UKJF as Business Director, Keren has helped to turn the organisation into a year round operation, significantly increasing visitors numbers to the Festival and year round screenings, launching the Video on Demand platform and growing UKJF’s commercial activities and strategic partnerships.

Keren has a law degree from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Previously she worked as a corporate lawyer in Tel Aviv, as head of business for a film production company in London, as an investment banker in HSBC and a principal in the Media, Telecom and Leisure sector for a family office in London.

Jonny Persey

Jonny Persey is the Chief Executive of Met Film, a unique organisation based in Ealing Studios, which comprises the UK’s largest film school, an award-winning feature film production company, and a cutting-edge post-production facility. His producing credits include Deep WaterWondrous Oblivion,Donor UnknownThe Pied Piper of HutzovinaHeavy LoadFrench FilmLittle AshesMen Who Swim, and Town of Runners. Meanwhile, under his leadership, Met Film also produced The Infidel by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili and Richard Schiff (Revolver, Salt, Tribeca). Having studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and training and organisational development consultant, Jonny Persey produced his first feature film, Everyone’s Child, in Zimbabwe in 1996.  He then went on to study at the National Film & Television School where he produced a series of acclaimed short films both through the school and independently. He serves on PACT’s Film Policy Group and is a member of ACE.

Alan Reich

Alan is an independent film producer and director who has worked in film and television production for the past twenty five years. Alan has been a producer of theatrical feature films and television documentaries for the BBC, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Channel Four. He is credited on many films including Jerusalem: City of Heaven, Munich (Mossad’s Revenge), Diameter of The Bomb, The Lost World of the Holy Land and Academy Award-winning One Day in September.

After studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Alan worked for the Jerusalem Film Festival for several years and on returning to London was responsible for the programming of the first Israeli Film Festival held in London at the Hampstead Everyman in 1989.

Alan is currently directing a feature documentary film about the untold story of two women, German Jews who were deported to Poland in 1938.

Derek Wax

Derek was born in Manchester and read English at Balliol College, Oxford.

He joined Kudos Film and TV as Executive Producer in 2005, and has been responsible for developing and producing drama for all UK broadcasters. He has developed and been Executive Producer on two series of the Golden Globe nominated and Emmy award-winning The Hour (BBC2) (written by Abi Morgan)  two series of Harriet Braun’s cult hit Lip Service (BBC3) the BAFTA  award-winning mini-series Occupation (BBC1) and Tsunami the Aftermath (BBC2/HBO), as well as the comedy series Plus One for Channel 4. In 2014 he was executive producer on the Peter Bowker three part mini-series From There to Here (BBC1) and is currently in production on sci-fi drama Humans, an 8 x 60’ series for Channel 4 and AMC.

 He was a producer at Granada from 2001-5, where he developed and produced Abi Morgan’s multi award winning serial Sex Traffic for Channel 4. The drama won eight BAFTAS including Best Drama Serial and numerous international awards.  He was also Script Executive on episodes of Poirot and Hornblower. His previous credits as producer include Sally Wainwright’s  Sparkhouse (Red Productions for BBC1) and Peter Bowker’s  BAFTA  nominated Flesh and Blood (BBC2).

Derek started his TV career as a script editor in BBC Drama Serials in the mid 1990’s .  Prior to that, he produced and directed plays in theatres across London, including the Almeida, Lyric Hammersmith, Gate Notting Hill, BAC.  He was an Assistant Director at the National Theatre  after which he taught and directed at many London drama schools including the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Drama Centre and Rose Bruford.


Jonathan Weissler

Jonathan Weissler is the Producer and CEO of Balagan Productions. Jonathan began his film career in London in the early 90’s where he worked on films like Interview With the Vampire, Braveheart and Mission Impossible 1 as he climbed the production ladder. In 1997 he produced his first feature film Time Enough and has since gone onto produce 24 feature films, a 10 hour TV miniseries and over 300 commercials around the world.

Among his films include The Brasserie (2001) which shot in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong grossed $38m putting it among the highest grossing films in Asia of that year and the cult film The Truth Game (2001) directed by Simon Rumley. Jonathan has also produced In Your Dreams (2008) with Linda Hamilton and directed by Gary Sinyor and produced with Sir David Frost as well R” (2010) with Timothy Spall and Rhona Mitra, Booked Out (2012) with Rollo Weeks and Sylvia Syms and White Lie (2013) with Paul Bandey and David Birkin.

Marc Isaacs

Marc Isaacs has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA Awards. Marc is a guest tutor at the London Film School, the NFTS and Royal Holloway University. His filmography includes Lift (2001), Calais: The Last Border (2003), All White in Barking (2008), Men of the City (2009), Outside the Court (2011) and The Road: A Story of Life and Death (2013).

Naomi Gryn

Naomi Gryn is a writer and filmmaker with occasional dips into radio too. She co-authored and edited her late father’s (Rabbi Hugo Gryn) memoirs, Chasing Shadows for Viking/Penguin (2000) and Three Minutes of Hope: Hugo Gryn on the God Slot for Continuum Books (2010).

Isabelle Seddon

Isabelle Seddon is a Blue Badge tourist guide with a passion for London, its history and the influence that different cultures have brought to the city. She runs Unique London Tours. For further information:

Glyn Robbins

Glyn Robbins combines occasional film production with his day job as a housing worker. He is also a political activist and campagner and has played a leading role in opposing the English Defence League’s attempts to march through Tower Hamlets.

Barbara Albert

Born in Vienna in 1970, Barbara Albert is a writer, director and producer. She studied directing and screenwriting at the Vienna Film Academy in 1991.

Ahmad Bargouthi

Ahmad Bargouthi is one of the participant directors in the Water Project. Ahmad has a vast experience in production and editing, and he teaches film editing in Alasarya College, Ramallah. Kareem’s Pool is his first film.

Maya de Vries

Maya De Vries is one of the producers of the Water Project. Maya is a PhD. student in the Media & Journalism department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Maya has experience in documentary production from her previous work at Ir-Amim (NGO) and Tel Aviv University.

Arnold Brown

Arnold Brown – the greatest laconic Scottish comedian of his generation.
He started life in Glasgow’s tenements on the wrong side of the tracks. He rose to the giddy heights of chartered accountancy before carving a niche for himself in the Comedy Hall of Fame with his laconic delivery, and surreal one liners.

David Schneider

David Schneider is probably best-known for his work with Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan, David Schneider is an actor, writer, comedian and Yiddishist.

Miriam Margoyles

Miriam Margolyes OBE: is a British born multi -talented character actress. Her earliest roles were in theatre and she has a long list of awards and nominations including a BAFTA Award. She went on to play the role of Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series.

Helen Lederer

Helen is probably best known for her role as the dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous where she appeared alongside Jennifer Saunders in all five series of the show a well as creating the ‘girl at the bar’ in Naked Video. However to many she is known for her unique brand of wit and observational humour. A prolific comedy writer with a bulging portfolio that includes writing and performing her own material, Helen enjoys the unique position of having starred in most top TV comedy and radio shows.

Bill Paterson

Bill Paterson was made his professional acting debut in 1967. After two years as an actor and assistant director, he joined Billy Connolly in The Great Northern Welly Boot Show at the 1972 Edinburgh Festival.

Bill has just finished filming 37 Days for Hardy Pictures, which will air on BBC2 later this year. He can also be seen in The Forgotten Fallen, Law and Order UK, Doctor WhoCriminal Justice, Little Dorrit, Sea of Souls, Wives and Daughters, The Singing Detective, Traffik, The Crow Road, Aufweidersehn Pet, Smiley’s People, United Kingdom, The Vanishing Army and Licking Hitler.

Jes Benstock

Jes Benstock – Born in Glasgow – he has a background in theatre and comedy. He started making films in Edinburgh while writing and performing with the award winning satirical comedy troupe, the Merry Mac Fun Show, in the mid 1980s. He has directed internationally recognised documentaries including last year’s The British Guide to Showing Off which had a UK theatrical release and played many international film festivals. Award winning films include The Box with Tilda Swinton.

Lord Michael Grade

Lord Michael Grade, TV executive and businessman, was born in 1943. He was chairman of the BBC from 2004 to 2006 and executive chairman of ITV Plc from 2007 to 2009. His father was Leslie Grade, the theatrical agent who, with brothers Lord (Lew) Grade and Lord (Bernard) Delfont, built perhaps the most powerful show business network in the world in the post-war period, booking talent like Doris Day, Danny Kaye and Bob Hope. Michael Grade joined the family business at the age 23.

Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson is presenter of the BBC Radio 4 flagship daily arts programme Front Row and writes for The Guardian.

Dan Mazer

Celebrated comedy writer and producer Dan Mazer has enjoyed huge success in both television and film. A long time collaborator of Sacha Baron Cohen, in 2007, Dan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. His other film work includes Borat’s eagerly anticipated follow-up, Bruno (2009) and the 2012 hit The Dictator. The comedy I Give It A Year marked Dan Mazer’s directorial debut.

François Guesnet

François Guesnet is Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Reader in Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. He has published widely on early modern and nineteenth century history of Polish and eastern European Jewry. Most recently, he co-edited (with Darius Staliunas, Vilnius) an English language section about Lithuanian-Jewish relations in Jahrbuch für Antisemitismusforschung (vol. 21, 2012). Forthcoming publications include a volume Antisemitism in an Era of Transition: Genealogies and Impact in post-Communist Poland and Hungary (co-edited with Gwenyth Jones, forthcoming) and the proceedings of a conference on Warsaw as a Jewish metropolis in the 19th and 20th centuries (with Glenn Dynner). He appeared as a grumpy historian in How to Establish a Wodka Empire (dir. Dan Edelstein, UK 2010), offers advice to the BBC series Who do you think you are? and currently serves as chairman of the Executive Group of the UCL Grand Challenge on Intercultural Interaction.


Professor Anita Prażmowska

Professor Prażmowska teaches courses at the Department of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In her research, she mainly focuses on areas related to Modern Polish and East European History. Her main publications analyse Polish foreign policy before and during the Second World War. Additionally, she has written more general commentaries on Poland’s place in Europe.

Professor Prażmowska has been a commentator for TV and Radio on contemporary Polish history and politics.

Zoë Wanamaker CBE

Zoë Wanamaker CBE is an American-born English actress. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company; in films, including the Harry Potter series; and in a number of television productions, including a long-time role as Susan Harper in the sitcom My Family. Wanamaker has been nominated for a BAFTA Film Award, two BAFTA TV Awards, Four Tony’s and nine Olivier Awards, winning two.

Tracie Holder

Tracie Holder is an award-winning filmmaker, engagement specialist for social issue documentaries and consultant to Women Make Movies. Joe Papp In Five Acts is the fruit of her personal passion for the subject.

Nicolas Kent

Nicolas Kent started his career at Liverpool Playhouse in 1967 as an ABC TV trainee regional theatre director. In 1970 he became Artistic Director of the Watermill Theatre, from 1970-72 Associate Director of the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and from 1976-81 Administrative Director of The Oxford Playhouse Company. From 1984-2012 he was Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in London.

He has directed productions in over 100 theatres around the world including the West End and New York; as well as for notable companies in Great Britain including The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, The Donmar Warehouse, The Hampstead Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Young Vic.

He is probably best known for the political work he did at Tricycle Theatre, where the verbatim plays he directed became known as the Tricycle Tribunal plays, and included The Colour of Justice (the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry), Nuremberg, Srebrenica, Bloody Sunday and Guantanamo. Most of which were broadcast by the BBC, and two which were performed in the Houses of Parliament and on Capitol Hill.

He has also directed many plays in the USA both regionally and in New York, on television for the BBC and for BBC radio.

Rehana Rose Khan

Rehana Rose Khan directed eight short films, including Days of Awe (UKJFF 2013). Rehana is currently working on her first feature film script.

Peter Speyer

An award-winning features screenwriter (Crystal Bear, Berlin) and playwright with Royal Shakespeare Company productions, this is Peter’s first film as a Writer/Director. Currently, he has a small slate of feature films in development. As Associate Director of Arista, an innovative Media funded training programme, he has trained writers, directors and producers across the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He also consults to independent filmmakers. Qualified in psychology and social work, Peter  has worked therapetucially with survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and co-diirected a centre for people with psychotic conditions.

Jon Gilbert

The Zigzag Kid is Jon Gilbert’s first produced screenplay. Jon has been working in the film industry since 2005. His latest project is a London-set psychological thriller called Disturbed.

Eytan Fox

Eytan Fox is an Israeli film director, whose films, including Walk On Water, Yossi and Jagger and The Bubble, have all played to great acclaim at the UK Jewish Film Festival. His father, Seymour Fox, was a Conservative rabbi and a leading professor of Jewish education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His mother, Sara Kaminker-Fox, was the head of the Jerusalem city council and involved in Jerusalem urban planning.