The UK International Jewish Film Festival returns for its 20th edition, bigger and better than ever. Opening at the BFI Southbank on 5 November, the festival premieres over 80 international features and shorts across the UK during its 15 day run. A select few highly anticipated films have been announced, however other eagerly awaited features will be revealed by early autumn in order to complete the ambitious programme.
In keeping with the festival’s tradition, a variety of new talent, acclaimed international films and film industry events fill the line up, although to a much larger and more diverse extent than before. Similarly, the FilmLab continues on from the success of 2015 with even more exciting workshops and master classes from leading film professionals.
Michael Etherton, Chief Executive of the International Jewish Film Festival, has voiced his enthusiasm for this year’s festival of celebration: “We are confident that festival goers, filmmakers and industry will have a chance to both look back at the ground-breaking cinematic heritage that we have brought to audiences over the last 20 years and to enjoy a vibrant, creative growing festival with its eye to the future.”
Out of the confirmed selection the festival has announced, a handful of titles stand out. Keep Quiet, a story following the remarkable journey of far-right Csanad Szegedi and the secrets of his family history will be featured, as will other renowned titles such as Hummus The Movie, Origin of Violence and The 90 Minute War. The films will be shown at a variety of venues across the UK, allowing everyone to partake in the celebrations and engage in the festival’s chosen cinematic stories.
UK International Jewish Film Festival, 5 – 20 November, venues across the UK. For more, visit www.ukjewishfilm.org
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1. Still from Sam Blair and Joseph Martin’s Keep Quiet. (2016). Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival.