UK Jewish Film Festival kicks off its 17th edition tonight; 53 UK premieres presented.

The UK Jewish Film Festival opens its 17th edition tonight at the BFI Southbank with the UK premiere of The Jewish Cardinal by French director Ilan Duran Cohen.

The festival runs across five cities - London, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester - from Oct 20 to Nov 17. The closing night gala will screen the UK premiere of Eytan Fox’s Cupcakes.

More than 80 films and other special events are planned. There are 53 UK premieres.

Programme highlights include an IMAX screening of Ari Folman’s The Congress, horror film Big Bad Wolves, Seth Fisher’s Blumenthal starring Brian Cox, Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight starring Juno Temple, Lucia Puenzo’s thriller Wakolda, documentary Dancing In Jaffa and Tracie Holder’s Joe Papp in Five Acts.

The festival has also started a new VOD channel sponsored by Think Jam (link here).

Festival founder and executive director Judy Ironside said: “We are absolutely delighted with the Festival line-up. With a powerful line-up of international features and documentaries featuring strong new talent and some world famous directors, there is a film for everyone in this eclectic programme.” 

More information and tickets here.