UK Jewish Film Short Doc Fund

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

Click here for details of the World Premieres of 2021 UK Jewish Film Short Doc Fund at the 25th UK Jewish Film Festival (4-18 November).

Would you like your film to be premiered at the UK Jewish Film Festival and seen by thousands of people?

Would you like to make a short film?

Would you like to help us to create a film record of Jewish life in 21st century Britain?

If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then we have one more question for you to consider:

Is there a unique aspect about 21st century Jewish life in the UK that you think would work well as the focus of a three-minute film?

We are looking for film makers of all ages, backgrounds and experience to take part in a ground-breaking project, which aims to document modern day British Jewish life in a series of creative and original three-minute documentaries. The films can be made in any genre or style. The only stipulation is that they must be about real people, real customs or real places and they must be stories which have hitherto been untold.

We want to commission up to five filmmakers to make a documentary film which is no longer than 3 minutes in length.

Each of the chosen filmmakers will be given £1000, which must cover all costs including camera people, editors and locations.

The successful applicants will be mentored through the project by BAFTA-nominated film maker, Benjamin Till, whose credits include Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, Songs From Hattersley, The Busker Symphony and 100 Faces.

Experience is desirable but not necessary. This is an ideal opportunity for a filmmaker in the early stages of their career or an established film maker who wants to document something specific.  We’re also interested in hearing from people, with a great story to tell, who may have no experience in the industry but are up for an amazing challenge this summer. It genuinely doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!

We want to hear from people from all corners of the UK – from Jewish communities large and small, religious or secular.

So how do I get involved?

Each applicant should submit a pitch which is no longer than 500 words. That’s about a side of typed A4 paper.

A further 500 words can be used to tell us about yourself – the experience you have as a film maker or why you want to make a film.

For guidance and tips, go to Short Doc Fund Guidelines


For enquiries: info@ukjewishfilm.org


UK Jewish Film Short Doc Fund is sponsored by:


Guidelines for UK Jewish Film Short Doc Fund


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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