The Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film was established in 2005. The Fund’s goal is to create opportunities for emerging filmmakers in the UK, and to encourage and support the production and exhibition of short films on themes that engage with Jewish life, history and culture. Many of our previous winning films have gone on to receive awards at top international film festivals.

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.