Michael Etherton is Chief Executive of UK Jewish Film and a Member of the Board of Trustees.
Over the last fifteen years he has been integral in developing the UK Jewish Film Festival into a cultural event of national significance and UK Jewish Film into a year-round film and education provider.
Michael combines commercial, creative and managerial experience. He has established year-round partnerships with key cinemas and cultural institutions in London and across the UK, expanding the programme to more than 500 films and events annually, outside of the film festival. He also established the UK Jewish Film’s popular On Demand service, and led on the delivery of its first ever online film festival in 2020.
Michael is keen to support the work of new filmmakers and launched FilmLab, a programme of year-round industry events that inspire and support work from a new generation of filmmakers. He established the prestigious jury awards, which the festival now offers annually, including the Dorfman Best Film Award. His work with filmmakers includes as an Executive Producer on fourteen short films, many of which have won international awards.
Michael is a Law graduate of Balliol College, Oxford. He holds a Licentiate Performance Diploma in cello and studied orchestral conducting at the Rubin Academy of Music. He is Founder and Musical Director of Mosaic Voices, Chairman of the Young Actors Theatre, Islington, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.