The Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF was established in 2006. The Fund’s goal is to create new opportunities for filmmakers in the UK, and to encourage and support the production and exhibition of short films on themes that engage with British-Jewish life, history and culture. Many of our previous winning films have gone on to receive awards and nominations at top international film festivals, including recently, samuel-613, which was nominated for Best British Short Film at the BAFTAs.

Applications for the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF

For 2019, two grants of £13,500 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 2019 fund are now closed.

If you have any queries, please email