The Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film was established in 2006. The Fund’s goal is to create new opportunities for filmmakers in the UK, and to encourage and support the production and exhibition of short films on themes that engage with British-Jewish life, history and culture. Many of our previous winning films have gone on to receive awards and nominations at top international film festivals, including recently, samuel-613, which was nominated for Best British Short Film at the BAFTAs.

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Applying for the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film

Two grants of up to £13,500 are available for the production of a short film – drama, animation or factual –  with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish and general audiences. The fund focusses on supporting the production and exhibition of short films that reflect British-Jewish stories, life, history and culture. Areas of relevance include identity, interfaith, assimilation, integration, antisemitism and racism.

Maximum length – 10 minutes. The judging panel is drawn from experienced professionals in the British film and television industry and the scheme is open to all filmmakers resident in the UK.

Applications for the 2020 fund are now closed. 2020 winners will be announced in April.

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Winners of the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film Receive:

  • Up to £13,500 production funding
  • Your film premiered at the UK Jewish Film Festival
  • Mentoring and advice from our Film Fund Associate Producer
  • Qualification (List B) for BAFTAs
  • Accreditation to the UK Jewish Film Festival
  • Invitation to our Champagne Brunch