The 2011 Uk Jewish Film Festival is set to burst onto London screens from 1-20 November 2011 with a dynamic programme of 70 films from a broad range of UK and international filmmakers. Presenting international features, documentaries, TV specials and short films, the UKJFF provides an unrivalled showcase for works on Jewish themes by filmmakers of all backgrounds and nationalities. It has grown exponentially since Executive Director Judy Ironside founded the festival in 1997 as the Brighton Jewish Film Festival and has, over the years, widened its programming and appeal. It has consistently punched above its weight in its selection of films, its support of filmmakers and its extra-curricular activities such as national film tours, interfaith screenings, emerging filmmaker workshops, talks and discussions.

This year’s 15th UK Jewish Film Festival will have span comedy, horror, drama, romcoms, documentaries, shorts and more at 13 different venues including the Tricycle, BFI, Odeon West End, Cine Lumiere, Prince Charles, The Coronet, Soho House, PeckhamPlex, Everyman, Phoenix, and the brand-new IMAX Swiss Cottage.

On 1 November 2011 the Festival opens at the Odeon West End with a gala screening of drama This Must Be The Place (co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino) starring double-Oscar winner Sean Penn. On 5 November the Tricycle cinema in Kilburn will screen Footnote, an Israeli drama written and directed by Joseph Cedar, which won the ‘Best Screenplay Award’ at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Tricycle will also host a special screening of the multi-Oscar®-winning UK classic Chariots Of Fire to commemorate the film’s 30th anniversary. Director Hugh Hudson will be guest of honour.

And just in case anyone thought they were safe to walk home across the park...comes a rare slasher movie from Israel – Rabies – “where the story is of equal if not greater interest than the slashings...clever, chilling, blackly comic...” (Fangoria.com) – Rabies will be screened as a late night event at the Coronet on 12 November and the PeckhamPlex on 17 November 2011.

View the full list of films featured here.