Thank you for your interest in UK Jewish Film’s Young Jury Award for Best Short Film. Here’s an overview of the project and how you can become involved.

We look forward to hearing from you and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact UK Jewish Film’s Education Manager, Rachel Burns: rachel.burns@ukjewishfilm.org

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The Concept

We are looking to appoint a jury of ten young people aged 16-30 to select a competition winner from a slate of short films screening at the 2019 UK Jewish Film Festival.

We will support jurors to create an online marketing campaign to generate a buzz among their peers about the award, the films and this year’s festival.

The jury will announce the winner at a special Young Jury Award screening on Sunday 10 November at JW3, London. The event, which will seat around 200 young people, will include screenings of all the nominated short films followed by presentation of the jury summary and Award ceremony.

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Timeframe & Commitment

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 July. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 16 August.

Jurors will be expected to attend two meetings in addition to the final event in November:

  • Early September – first jurors’ meeting in London to convene as a group; screening links to competition films will be distributed; discussion of criteria for selection of winning film; sharing contact details.
  • Late October – second meeting for jurors to discuss all films viewed and to agree a winner and runner up.
  • Sunday 10 November at 5pm – final screening event including a presentation of the jury’s summary and Award ceremony, all orchestrated and managed by the jurors.

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What you need

We’re not looking for filmmaking experts or obsessive movie buffs (although if you’re either of these we’d love you to be involved). We want our jury to be comprised of enthusiastic, articulate young people with good analytical skills. You need to have strong communication skills and an ability to work well as a team.

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What you’ll gain

This is a brilliant opportunity to meet new people, watch new films and to hone your skills of critical analysis. You’ll receive two complimentary tickets to a film of your choice during the festival and your name will appear as a juror in the festival programme. You will automatically be added to UK Jewish Film’s FilmLab mailing list, providing opportunities for young people and emerging film professionals to network within the industry.

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How to apply

By Friday 26 July , please email Rachel Burns at rachel.burns@ukjewishfilm.org explaining why you’re interested in this project and why you think you’d be a good person to be on this jury. Include in the email subject line: Application for Young Jury Award 2019