Magazine article Screen International

Jewish Film Fest "Strongest Ever" after Controversy

Magazine article Screen International

Jewish Film Fest "Strongest Ever" after Controversy

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Festival moving forward following controversy surrounding the Tricycle Theatre.

The UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) is preparing to host its "strongest ever" run, according to founder and executive director Judy Ironside.

The festival made headlines in August when London's Tricycle Theatre refused to be part of the upcoming event, which runs Nov 6-23. This was due to UKJFF being part-funded by the Israeli Embassy, amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

The theatre quickly reversed the ruling and invited back the UKJFF "with no restrictions on funding".

But before the u-turn - and with 26 screenings already planned for the festival's 18th edition - Ironside had to find new venues fast.

"We were very surprised," said Ironside, who created the festival in 1997. "It has been the home of the festival for many years...it's a great space and we love the venue.

"We would never have wished for this to happen, but I think we're looking forward to our strongest ever festival.

"We have great films, we're a good, strong, festival and this is a good year. We're putting all our energy into it."

The 2014 event will take place in 12 cinemas across London, including the BFI Southbank, Curzon Mayfair and JW3, as well as venues in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow

The Art Dealer will open the festival at the BFI Southbank on Nov 6, introduced by director Francois Margolin. …

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