2021 Winners of the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film
The highly regarded Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film is delighted to announce this year’s two film production award winners: ‘Make Me a King’ and ‘Hold My Hand’.
Chosen from among 62 new film scripts, these two film projects were each awarded £13,500 for production of their short films, which will be premiered at the 25th UK Jewish Film Festival in early November 2021. Both scripts were chosen for their unique representation of British-Jewish life, culture and experience.
The 2021 Pears Short Film at UK Jewish Film jury comprised:
Nicholas Martin – award-winning screenwriter of films and TV, including Florence Foster Jenkins, Between The Lines, Big Bad World and many others
Marilyn Milgrom – actor, casting director, TV director, producer and a script consultant to the BFI Film Fund. Marilyn developed various films including Suffragette, Dark River, A Syrian Love Story and many others.
Jonny Persey – Film Producer and Director of Met Film School, London
Judy Ironside MBE – Founder and President of UK Jewish Film
Michael Etherton – Chief Executive of UK Jewish Film
MAKE ME A KING
director: Sofia Olins
writer: Natalie Arle-Toyne
producer: Martina Russo
Ari, a Drag King ostracised by her family, clings to her hero, Pepi Littman, the first Jewish proto-Drag King, who performed in the early 20th century. In a moment when Ari is looking for acceptance and family, will she be finally able embrace herself and her true voice? History and present come together in this music-loving and brave story.
HOLD MY HAND
director/writer: Dean Marriott
producer: Steven Jeram
When Esther, an elderly Jewish lady with dementia meets her great-granddaughter’s boyfriend, Lucas in London, she has flashbacks to her childhood in 1930s Berlin and is enabled to fulfil an outstanding promise. Hold My Hand explores the concept of memory and hope in the face of adversity.