Jewish film support
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-10-01
UK Jewish Film Festival
Budding filmmakers are to be supported by £90,000 of funding by the Pears Foundation to support the UK Jewish Film Festival's Short Film Fund Award.
The £90,000 grant will help two filmmakers a year over the next 3 years get £15,000 to make their film.
According to the Festival, the grants aim to: "encourage the making of short films that focus on Jewish themes and topics that engage with Jewish life, history and culture worldwide."
The winners will be selected by a panel of experienced filmmakers and others working in the industry coordinated by Israeli director Asher Tlalim.
"We hope our sponsorship will create opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to make powerful and meaningful contributions to Jewish culture," said Trevor Pears, executive chair of The Pears Foundation.
Last year's joint winners Sour Milk and Veils, who shared £15,000, will get their premier on November 4 as part of this year's Festival which begins at the end of this month.
Closing date for would-be directors to get a grant for 2008 is January 14 2008.