Films screening at this event

Canvey – The Promised Island

Riete Oord
40 min

Stamford Hill has been associated with its ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents since the 1800s but as properties have become increasingly out of reach, some families have decided it is time to move. A community has started to develop in Canvey Island, which in 2013 was voted the most English place in Britain. This extended version of the fascinating BBC documentary follows one family from London as they adjust to their new home and explores the challenges of integration awaiting both the newcomers and the existing, non-Jewish Canvey Islanders.


Joëlle Bentolila
Barney Harris, Tallulah Haddon, James Larkin
18 min
Tibo Travers

Winner – Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film 2018
Winner – Best LGBTQ Short, Hollyshorts 2019, Los Angeles
World Premiere at the UK Jewish Film Festival 2018

Yehud, 19, a young married Hassidic man raised in a sheltered community, has all of his life been on the path traditionally followed by all Hassidic Jews. But when he immerses himself in the deep dark secrets of the Kabbalah and the study of quantum mechanics, his pious young wife doesn’t understand why there are suddenly so many unorthodox books in their small cramped Stamford Hill flat. And why he is no longer content with raising their baby son and just happy with the regular study of the Torah. What is he trying to tell her? And what will happen to him – and to them?

As Yehud obsessively searches for answers to his many burning mystical questions, increasingly doubting his own identity, and the nature of being, their conflict grows – with irreparable and shocking consequences.

Starboy is a surprising, engrossing, distinctive, visually stunning and thought-provoking  film with outstanding performances from its two young actors – A true original !” Nik Powell, Film Producer

2019 Iris Prize Best British Short Nominee

Official Selection:
OUTFEST Los Angeles 2019
Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival 2019
Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival 2019
The Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival, San Diego 2019
UK Jewish Film Festival 2018

Crystal Palace International Film Festival (Nominated, Best Short) 
Oxford International Short Film Festival 2020 
Festival of Tolerance in Zagreb 2020