Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE was the first British Film Commissioner and a former Chairman of BAFTA. He received its Michael Balcon Award and, in 1993, its Fellowship – the Academy’s highest honour. He was awarded a Knighthood for services to the British Film Commission in 1995. Sir Sydney was the first President of the UKJFF from 1997 to 2005 and is currently Honorary Lifetime Patron. Now retired (next December he will celebrate his 88th birthday), he is still involved with the same media industries that he has served for more that seventy years, but in an honorary capacity. He is a member of the President’s Council of Cinema and Television Veterans, Hon. Patron of BKSTS – the Moving Image Society, President of the Projected Picture Trust and a Founding Trustee of the Guild of British Camera Technicians. He served four years in the RAF during and immediately after the Second World War and is now proud to be a member of AJEX – The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen.