Judy Ironside is the Founder and President of UK Jewish Film.
Judy started the Brighton Jewish Film Festival in 1997 and 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 the new identity of UK Jewish Film, established in September 2011, there followed programmes of year round excellence and the start of educational programmes. Judy established the Pears Short Film Fund at UKJF in 2007 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 has brought a very substantial number of Israeli and International films and guests to 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.
Judy previously trained as a Drama Therapist and 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.
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.