FilmLab: How to Run a Production Company

Ivana MacKinnon, the producer of the 2016 Pears Short Film Fund Winner ‘Memory Songs’, who is currently producing a feature film, will discuss with us the life of an indie producer. She will talk about producing her first feature film and about working on Jewish themes in ‘Memory Songs’.

This will be a very special meeting where we will be announcing the two winners of the 2017 Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF.

FilmLab: The Craft of the Film Director: Stephen Frears in Conversation

BAFTA winning and Academy award-nominated director Stephen Frears will be in conversation with FilmLab’s Asher Tlalim exploring the craft of being a film director, illustrated with examples and clips from his rich cinematography over several decades.

Wednesday 3 April (the date has been changed from the original Tuesday 25 April due to filming schedules), 7pm, Met Film School, Ealing Studios, London W5 5EP 

Followed by refreshments and networking

FilmLab: 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 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.