Virtual reality: a new future for film?

A panel to discuss the impact of virtual reality on the film industry and the opportunities and challenges it presents for new independent filmmakers. We will be joined for a fascinating discussion by David Kaskel, CEO of Breakingforth, David Wise, co-founder of Parable, Alan Thorn, Head of Department of Games Design and Development at the National Film and Television School, and VR documentary producer Jessica DriscollAfterwards there will be an opportunity to experience virtual reality for yourself and watch a film on our VR equipment!

Monday 20 Nov 7pm, JW3

Sponsored by Bank Leumi (UK) plc

UK Jewish Film Annual Industry Reception

A film industry reception and keynote discussion during our annual international festival providing an informal opportunity to meet other film industry professionals from producers and financiers to directors and distributors.

Moderated by Guillaume de Chalendar (SVP, Global Head of Media and Entertainment at Bank Leumi) the panel includes Chris Auty (Head of Production at National Film & Television School), James King (Head of Theatrical Sales at Curzon Artifcial Eye) and Al De Azpiazu (Vice President, Sales & Distribution, Western Europe, at FremantleMedia International).

Discussion: Living the Big Bang in our Own Lifetime
With the exponential growth of Netflix and Amazon (and with Apple and other players entering the field) can the production and consumption of film and high end drama continue to expand indefinitely? What does that mean for filmmakers, artistically, culturally and personally? And what are the consequences for audiences?

Tue 21 Nov 7pm, Bank Leumi (UK)

Sponsored by Bank Leumi (UK) plc

World Premiere of 2017 Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF Winners

World Premiere screening of the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film winning films The Master of York and The Outer Circle. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Saturday 11 Nov 8pm, JW3

Sponsored by Pears Foundation

FilmLab 8 – Short Film Pitching Idea Session

FilmLab 8 will be your opportunity to pitch your idea and receive feedback before applying to the next 2018 Pears Short Film Fund at the UK Jewish Film.

Monday, 30 OctoberMetFilm School


Applications for the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF

For 2018, two grants of £10,000 are available for the production of a short film – drama, animation or factual with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish and general audiences. The areas of relevance include interfaith, assimilation, integration, asylum seekers and issues that connect with Jewish life, history or cultures worldwide.

Maximum length – 10 minutes. The judging panel is drawn from experienced professionals in the British film and television industry and the scheme is open to all filmmakers resident in the UK.

Applications for the 2018 fund close on 8th January 2018.