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.

The UK Jewish Film Festival is a qualifying festival for BAFTAS (British Short Film) and for BIFA (Best British Short).     

Discover the 2021 winners of the Pears Short Film Fund here.

Application form

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 2022 fund close: 11th January 2022.

Application form

If you have any queries, please email: shortfilmfund@ukjewishfilm.org.

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

Film Festival 2021

Thank you for joining us at the 25th anniversary edition of the UK Jewish Film Festival, which took place Thursday 4th – 18th November 2021.

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