FILM LAB: Jewish Cinematic Storytelling

Join us for a brand new FilmLab event on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30pm (venue TBC)

Director, producer and screenwriter Josh Appignanesi will share with us how, to his surprise, he realised that some of his films deal with Jewish cinematic storytelling.


Watch the previous winners of the Pears Short Film Fund and meet some of the 2016 winners. Afterwards, we will deconstruct their scripts and discuss storytelling for short films.

25 April 2016 7.30pm Green Lens Studio

FilmLab 2: Storytelling

Nik Powell, Director of the National Film and Television School, will speak about
short films. He will discuss storytelling for short films, give advice on improving their structure, and will also underline the importance of short films in setting a path towards becoming professional writers and/or directors of feature length films.

Wed 22nd June 7.30 Green Lens Studio


FilmLab: Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding. How it works? Pluses and minuses. Meeting experts, producers, financial advisers and emerging filmmakers including some of our SFF applicants (for example ‘samuel-613’, nominated for the 2016 BAFTA) who will share their experiences.

Wed 20th July 7.30pm Green Lens Studio

FilmLab: Speed Pitching

Speed Pitching your film. How to prepare in the best way
Plus SFF Surgery: Preparing your Pears SFF Application.
Advice and questions answered by key members of the UKJF team.

Tues 20th Sep 7.30pm Green Lens Studio

FilmLab at LFF: Film Music Masterclass

A unique opportunity to participate in the Masterclass of the composer Garth Knox. The composer will discuss his work and his new score for the restored BFI silent classic ‘The Informer’.

Mon 10th Oct 6.30pm BFI Southbank (library)

Applications for the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF

For 2017, 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 2017 fund close on 11 January 2017.