Gary Thomas

Film Programme Manager


Alongside his British Council job, Gary he works as a producer and curator, and he is co-founder and director of Animate Projects, which works at the intersection of film, animation and art.

He was previously Head of Moving Image for Arts Council England, working on policy development for digital distribution and strategic initiatives for archive and commissioning of artists’ moving image. He devised several national and broadcast schemes, including partnerships with Channel 4 and UK Film Council, and working with filmmakers including Steve McQueen, John Maybury, Carol Morley, Andrew Kötting and Clio Barnard.

He has co-directed several short films that have screened around the world. He coordinates the Animation Alliance UK advocacy group.

He has a degree in Media Studies from the Polytechnic of Central London and an MA in the History of Contemporary Art from Chelsea College of Art. He is a trustee of UK Young Artists, National Dance Company of Wales, and the Stuart Croft Foundation, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. And he lives in Derby.

Specialties for British Council Film Team: Film activities in East Asia and China; film + music, art + science, animation and experimental film

Working at British Council since: 2011

Best thing about working on British Council Film Team: Apart from the snacks, I always impressed how everyone knows so much stuff!

Favourite British films: Today, it's Far from the Madding Crowd and the Bill Douglas Trilogy

Favourite British film of 2017: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

To contact Gary: gary.thomas@britishcouncil.org