Jay Arnold

Senior Film Programme Manager

  • Jay Arnold


Jay has over twenty years’ experience in independent film exhibition, working in cinemas, film festivals and in advisory, funding and strategic roles. Having been part of the team at Sheffield’s independent cinema The Showroom from its opening in 1995 he joined the newly formed regional screen agency Screen Yorkshire in 2003, working with Yorkshire’s independent cinemas, festivals and regional film archive.

Following time at Creative England and the BFI he went freelance, working with Creative Scotland, National Science and Media Museum and Sheffield Doc/Fest. In 2016 he joined Live Cinema UK as Projects Director, contributing to a broad range of commissioning and project development while continuing freelance and consultancy work in the film exhibition sector.

Specialism for British Council Film Team: Film exhibition, South Asia, Film in England

Working at British Council since: 2017

Best thing about working on British Council Film Team: Access to an amazing depth and diversity of film knowledge in the team; projects that leap conventional boundaries.

Career highlight so far:
Attending the first ICO Developing Your Film Festival programme at Motovun Film Festival in 2011 – an event helpfully supported by British Council.

Favourite British film of all time: Local Hero

Favourite recent British film: Brakes

Contact Jay at: jay.arnold@britishcouncil.org