Event details

UK Jewish Film is delighted to welcome the Pears Foundation in their ninth year as sponsors of the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film. It is with great pleasure that we screen the two winning films for 2013: Happy New Year and The Funeral.


Attending this event

Jez Freedman

Jez Freedman won the International Emmy Sir Peter Ustinov Award for his television drama The Storyteller. Viva Films subsequently optioned Dough, his first feature film screenplay and later hired him as Story Editor on Terminal. In 2013 Jez was appointed the company’s Head of Development.

Glenn Holberton

Glenn Holberton is a BAFTA nominated film-maker. He has produced short films for the BBC, Channel Four, Nickelodeon & S4C, as well as producing visual effect sequences for feature films.

Sophia Ramcharan

Sophia Ramcharan has been working in production and project management for the BBC for more than 8 years. Teaming up with director Simon Dymond on FilmWorks, Sophia produced Happy New Year, awarded the Pears Short Film Fund 2013.

Films screening at this event

Happy New Year

Simon Dymond
Luca Sterling, Luke McGibney
10 min
Dave Herman
Sophia Ramcharan

A unique and bittersweet coming-of-age tale about ten year old Michael Cohen. Michael’s world is a confusing mix of Jewish tradition and secular society, a result of his father, Ben, “marrying out”.

When Michael realises a spelling test falls on Rosh Hashanah, his father’s Jewish heritage becomes an opportunity to skip class. Underneath this simple tale, Happy New Year tells a deeper, universal story about how identity confusion can lead a child to behave in unexpected and unusual ways.

Winner: Film of the Month, Shortcutz Amsterdam

Official selection: Geneva International Film Festival 2014

Official selection: San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2015