Alice Cabanas

Film Programme Manager

Alice Cabanas


Joining the team to cover Jemma Desai's Maternity Leave, Alice is currently looking after the British Council shorts support offer and manages our Travel Grant Fund as well as developing our global exhibition projects.

She has joined the British Council after 3 years with Encounters Festival, based in Bristol.  There Alice headed up communications, strategy and development for the Festival, beginning as marketing manager in 2014 and then leading the festival as Co-Director from 2015-17.  During her time at Encounters she was responsible for all key audience development initiatives and new public facing activity, alongside spearheading the Festival’s new training schemes since 2016.  She continues as an advisor and training consultant for these development schemes supporting new and emerging talent with a specific focus on working with filmmakers from underrepresented groups.

Before Encounters, Alice developed and delivered award winning marketing and PR campaigns for international cultural events spanning from live performance to design and architecture.  Projects included the international design for performance event World Stage Design which came to the UK for the first time in 2013, various exhibitions and publications with the Society of British Theatre Designers and freelance consultancy for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Volcano Theatre.

Alice works part time for the British Council - in her other life she undertakes a variety of press & marketing  contracts (for example in 2017 she is running Press and Digital for the Silver Hayes area at Glastonbury Festival).

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Specialism for British Council Film Team: Shorts, EU Film Festivals

Working at British Council since: 2017

The best thing about working in British Council Film Team: The inspiring bunch I get to work with - it's great working with such an inspiring group of professionals - all with a huge amount of knowledge and expertise in their own area - there's never a dull team meeting!

Career highlight so far: Too early to say probably -  I'm definitely enjoying being involved with so many fabulous UK organisations and events - I'll be sitting on London Calling and Open City Docs juries this month, alongside chairing the Grierson Awards for Best Short Doc - I'm enjoying being exposed to so much great new work.

Favourite British Film of 2016 and 2017: American Honey, Lady Macbeth and God's Own Country.