Date for your diary! The @ukjewishfilm Festival comes to town next month! #jewishfilmfestival #film

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If you’re not catching the #LFF London Film Festival next month then fear not, only a few short weeks later will be the 17th annual UK Jewish Film Festival. This years festival will feature screenings of over 70 films and other special events across five cities – London, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester – over the course of 19 days from 31st October 2013.

From gala premieres to documentaries about the Jewish culture, here’s a few of our highlights which look like ones not to miss! 

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Joe Papp in Five Acts

A riveting portrait of a transformative figure in the New York theatre scene, Joe Papp – a poor, tough, Jewish kid from Brooklyn – who created Central Park’s free Shakespeare In The Park Festival, which launched the careers of everyone from Meryl Streep to Kevin Kline, all of whom feature here.

This radical and tumultuous personality introduced colour-blind casting, nurtured emerging playwrights, fostered countercultural plays like Hair, and revolutionized commercial theatre with the Broadway smash hit A Chorus Line, as well as founding the Public Theatre.

Packed with testimonials from Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, James Earl Jones and Meryl Streep – and framed by Kevin Kline’s exquisite monologues.

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Hava Nagila (The Movie) 

Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more. Hava Nagila (The Movie) is a documentary romp through the history, mystery and meaning of the great Jewish standard.

The film follows the ubiquitous party song on its fascinating journey from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskils, Hollywood and the world, using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.

High on fun and entertainment, Hava Nagila (The Movie) is also surprisingly profound, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music and the resilient spirit of a people.

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Blumenthal

Funny, clever and abrasive New York comedy from a young director tipped as the next Woody Allen, starring the inimitable Brian Cox CBE.

Blumenthal is a comedy about a family in motion. The severely constipated Saul Blumenthal desperately wants to go. His brother Harold the famous playwright (whom Saul believes plagiarised his life), has just gone. Saul’s wife Cheryl fears she’s a has-been and considers cosmetic surgery whilst Ethan, the main protagonist, is on a duel-pronged journey to find a soulmate and Harold’s lifetime achievement award, as a form of recompense for his father…

Welcome to the world of American Modern Day ‘Jewrosis’!

You can book your tickets via the Film Festival website  but don’t leave it too late or you’ll miss out on all of these fantastic films. 

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Now TV movie Festival winners announced! @NOWTV @vine #film #competition

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You may have seen our post about the NOW TV Movie Festival a few weeks ago, telling you how NOW TV were challenging people to enter their best Vine videos into a mock film festival in order to win prizes. Well, they’ve just announced the winners, and we have to say, there are some really great Vine’s in there! As part of the competition, NOW TV asked the winners to post their acceptance speeches on Vine; here’s what the winners had to say:

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 13.14.05Moose Allain (Overall winner + Comedy) – https://vine.co/v/h7IaPItQgZi
Yad Deen (Factual) – https://vine.co/v/h7Fp07O7u5V
Trevor Coultart (Special Effects)  – https://vine.co/v/h7UJieAXQPV
Ryan McHenry (People’s Choice) – https://vine.co/v/h7U6gu9dDnJ
Lauren Dooley (Action) – https://
vine.co/v/h7TpjXIpKve 
John Edward Doyle (Horror) – https://
vine.co/v/h7IQBp3P3iH

Head over to the dedicated website to check out the winning entries as well as all of the other submissions here: http://bit.ly/13LbVnn

And don’t forget, you can get a completely free 30 day trial of NOW TV right here: www.nowtv.com

What are you waiting for!!

Fancy being part of the worlds smallest film festival? Then look no further than @nowtv #NOWTVMovieFest

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NOW TV, the new movie and sport streaming service powered by Sky, are embracing the ever evolving world of film-making by launching ‘the worlds smallest film festival’ comprising of entries entirely submitted via Vine, the recently released video sharing app from Twitter.

Having launched last week, NOW TV  are urging budding 6-second film-makers to submit their entries by simply tagging their videos with #NOWTVMovieFest along with the hash tag of the category they’d like to be entered into. So what are you waiting for

 There are some FAB prizes to win! 

Winners will be selected by a panel of industry professionals with the grand prize being a place on the Raindance Directors Diploma course and a Canon dSLR camera and category winners each receiving a Canon dSLR.

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 Where can I find out more?

For all the info, to check out the entries so far and see which categories you might like to enter, head over to the NOW TV movie blog

Entries will be accepted from now up until 30th June, with the winners being announced on the 8th July, so get Vine-ing!

To sign up for a free trial of NOW TV, click here!