Event details

UK Jewish Film presents a full day of training, networking and screening open to all emerging filmmakers. The day provides unique opportunities to meet and learn from leaders in their fields in a friendly and supportive environment.

11.00-12.00 HOW TO PITCH A DRAMA

Executive Producer Emma Hayter (Ladies in Lavender, An Angel for May, Three Blind Mice, One Love, The Night We Called It A Day, My Summer of Love) reveals her top tips and crucial insider tricks on how to effectively pitch your film drama project.



A panel of industry leaders will take you through the opportunities and new income streams presented by this rapidly changing field.
Panel: Alessandro Iacoponi (Distrify), Daniel Robey (Founder and CEO, ThinkJam), Melanie Reed (Founder, Filiqio), Stephen Margolis (Future Films Group, Chair UK Jewish Film), Keren Misgav-Ristvedt (UK Jewish Film)


14.30-16.00 EXPOSURE

A supportive showcase opportunity to screen your short film or a clip from your new film project to fellow filmmakers and industry insiders. If you would like your work included in this session please email us your film/clip by Sunday 3 November to: info@ukjewishfilm.org


16.00-16.30 COFFEE & CAKES


16.30-18.00 PITCH POINT

A unique opportunity for emerging filmmakers to pitch in public and receive feedback, with advice and guidance from established executive producers. To have a chance to pitch at this event email a short outline of your project and background to us by Sunday 3 November to: info@ukjewishfilm.org

Panel: Michael Kuhn (Qwerty Films), Tracey Josephs (Head of Production, Film4), Derek Wax (Executive Producer, Kudos Film and Television), Jonathan Weissler (Producer, Balagan Productions), Emma Hayter (Executive Producer), Chair: Jonny Persey (Chief Executive, Met Film)



Booze and shmooze with filmmakers and decision makers in the relaxed surroundings of the Film Museum’s Cellar Club. With DJ.

Attending this event

Emma Hayter

Emma Hayter has worked as a Producer, Executive Producer, Financier and Filmmaker on a number of feature films and television series including Robert Altman’s VINCENT AND THEO, LOVEJOY, TAGGART, BOOKSIDE, and films including JOYRIDERS, LADIES IN LAVENDER, MY SUMMER OF LOVE, DEADLINES, VENT DE COLERE, APRES L’OCEAN and ON A CLEAR DAY. She has also taught at several film schools including the NFTS, Media Business School Ronda, The Met Film School and London Film School. She speaks fluent French, and has sat on several industry committees.

Alessandro Iacoponi

Prior to joining Distrify, Alessandro worked for MUBI in London where he defined and executed the business development strategy and gained high level of background knowledge about the connected TV market, the IPTV/OTT market and the digital content market. He has been a VOD panelist at a range of Film Festivals including IDFA and Rotterdam. At Distrify Alessandro is focussing on European content and marketing partnerships.

Tracey Josephs

Tracey Josephs is Head of Production at Film4, Channel 4’s feature film arm, where she oversees production of films from first time filmmakers and established directors. Past films include The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Room, Ex Machina, The Imposter, Slumdog Millionaire, In Bruges, This is England and The Last King of Scotland.

Michael Kuhn

Michael is a film producer and former CEO of Polygram Filmed Entertainment.  Under his leadership, Polygram produced over 120 feature films, amassing 15 Oscars and taking revenues of over $1 billion.  Amongst these films were Four Weddings and a Funeral, Trainspotting, Being John Malkovic, Notting Hill and Fargo.

For his contribution to the UK film industry, Michael was awarded the BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award in 1999.  Since setting up Qwerty Films in 1999, Michael has produced 11 features, including Severance, The Duchess and Suite Française.

Stephen Margolis

Stephen Margolis is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the film industry. Since founding Future Films in 2000, he has been involved in raising over £2 billion for film production and has acted as Producer, Executive Producer or Financier for more than 30 titles including: Cracks, Veronika Decides to Die, Flawless and Ladies in Lavender. Stephen has also been responsible for driving Future Films’ strong track record outside the UK, with the structuring of the first Anglo-Russian co-production, a German film fund and activities in America and Australia, and the establishment of Future Films as one of the leading international producers of Spanish and French films.

Keren Misgav Ristvedt

Since joining UKJF as Business Director, Keren has helped to turn the organisation into a year round operation, significantly increasing visitors numbers to the Festival and year round screenings, launching the Video on Demand platform and growing UKJF’s commercial activities and strategic partnerships.

Keren has a law degree from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Previously she worked as a corporate lawyer in Tel Aviv, as head of business for a film production company in London, as an investment banker in HSBC and a principal in the Media, Telecom and Leisure sector for a family office in London.

Jonny Persey

Jonny Persey is the Chief Executive of Met Film, a unique organisation based in Ealing Studios, which comprises the UK’s largest film school, an award-winning feature film production company, and a cutting-edge post-production facility. His producing credits include Deep WaterWondrous Oblivion,Donor UnknownThe Pied Piper of HutzovinaHeavy LoadFrench FilmLittle AshesMen Who Swim, and Town of Runners. Meanwhile, under his leadership, Met Film also produced The Infidel by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili and Richard Schiff (Revolver, Salt, Tribeca). Having studied psychology at Cambridge University and worked for several years as a youth worker and training and organisational development consultant, Jonny Persey produced his first feature film, Everyone’s Child, in Zimbabwe in 1996.  He then went on to study at the National Film & Television School where he produced a series of acclaimed short films both through the school and independently. He serves on PACT’s Film Policy Group and is a member of ACE.

Derek Wax

Derek Wax heads up Wild Mercury Productions, which he launched in 2016 after 12 years as Executive Producer at Kudos. His many credits include the BAFTA winning mini-series Sex Traffic (C4) and Occupation (BBC1), the Emmy award winning The Hour (BBC2) and International Emmy winning Capital (BBC1), 3 series of hit show Humans (C4), and Troy, Fall of A City (BBC1/Netflix).

Jonathan Weissler

Jonathan Weissler is the Producer and CEO of Balagan Productions. Jonathan began his film career in London in the early 90’s where he worked on films like Interview With the Vampire, Braveheart and Mission Impossible 1 as he climbed the production ladder. In 1997 he produced his first feature film Time Enough and has since gone onto produce 24 feature films, a 10 hour TV miniseries and over 300 commercials around the world.

Among his films include The Brasserie (2001) which shot in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong grossed $38m putting it among the highest grossing films in Asia of that year and the cult film The Truth Game (2001) directed by Simon Rumley. Jonathan has also produced In Your Dreams (2008) with Linda Hamilton and directed by Gary Sinyor and produced with Sir David Frost as well R” (2010) with Timothy Spall and Rhona Mitra, Booked Out (2012) with Rollo Weeks and Sylvia Syms and White Lie (2013) with Paul Bandey and David Birkin.