Event details

+ Reception

+ Q&A with the winning teams and Asher Tlalim

Attending this event

Benjamin Bee

BENJAMIN BEE is a Newcastlebased writer/director. His short Step Right Up was long-listed for a BAFTA in 2014. Benjamin is the director of Mordechai funded by The Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF and 1987 funded by Creative England and the BFI.

Lucy Kaye

LUCY KAYE Born in London, Lucy Kaye graduated from The National Film and Television School. She has worked for the BBC, Channel 4, Vice, The Guardian with subjects ranging from PTSD to horse whispering. Lucy is the director and cinematographer of Memory Songs – winner of the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF

Maria Caruana Galizia

MARIA CARUANA GALIZIA  produces films through her company Candle & Bell Limited. She has produced a number of award winning short films and has produced Mordechai – winner of the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF.

Ivana MacKinnon

IVANA MACKINNON produces through her company Stray Bear Films. Her credits include The Scouting Book for Boys, The Descent and War Book. Her upcoming film Beast will be released in cinemas in 2017.

Films screening at this event

Memory Songs

Director
Lucy Kaye
Country
UK
Year
2016
Duration
12 min

When your memory fades, your grip on reality becomes fragile and the sense of self slowly slips away. In a synagogue hall in North West London, a group of elderly people gather to find release. Using music and song they try to reconnect with themselves. Through the poetic use of poignant personal photographs and carefully assembled voiced-over memories, this film takes us into the emotional heart of these people, coping with the onset of Dementia.

Grand Jury Prize, Heart, Mind and Soul Award, Rhode Island Film Festival 2017

Mordechai

Director
Benjamin Bee
Cast
Dan Mersh, Steve Strouzer
Country
UK
Year
2016
Duration
14 min

“In order to become the person you always wanted to be, you have to, on occasion, become someone else first.”

Daniel, an ultra orthodox Jew, hasn’t seen his identical twin brother Mordechai in years; Mordechai’s ‘life choices’ were a bit too much for the family to handle. But today is the day of their father’s funeral…

Mordechai is a funny and touching fable about family, faith and the roles we play.

Winner – Jury Prize Award at Sunderland Shorts 2017
Nominated – Best Narrative Short Film at Cleveland International Film Festival 2017
Nominated – Jury Prize Award at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017
Nominated – Best Short Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – Timishort Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – Denver Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – Colchester Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – Underwire Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2017
Official Selection – This is England Festival 2017