Judy Ironside is the Founder and President of UK Jewish Film.
Judy started the Brighton Jewish Film Festival in 1997 with films, guests and educational screenings. These early years were followed, in 2005, by the achievement of a national move to become the UK Jewish Film Festival which is now the major exhibitor of films with Jewish themes in the UK and in Europe. With a new identity of UK Jewish Film, established in September 2011, there followed programmes of year round excellence and broader educational programmes. Judy has brought a very substantial number of international films and guests to London and Cities across the UK and has helped to ensure that films focussing on Jewish life, experience, history and worldwide cultures are offered wide exhibition to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
In 2007 Judy established the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film to encourage new filmmakers and to promote film making with Jewish themes in the UK.
In 2011 Judy started the Geneva International Jewish Film Festival which is now firmly established as the first Jewish Film Festival in Switzerland.
Judy previously trained as a Drama Therapist and has worked extensively with children and young people with special needs and as a Supervisor for teachers and therapists working in education and the creative arts. This work continues and Judy is a mentor for various professionals including those in film, dance and theatre.
Judy is an Ambassador of The Forgiveness Project which is a UK-based charitable organisation which explores forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution through real-life human experience.