Jo Duncombe

Film Programme Manager


A new recruit to the Film Team, Jo came on board in September 2018 to run the British Council Shorts Support Scheme and Travel Grant Fund, and manage our EU Film Festival offer globally.

Alongside her part-time role as Shorts Programme Manager with us, Jo also continues to work as a Curator and Creative Producer at Birds’ Eye View Films – championing new cinema created by women with nationwide touring programmes. She was previously a film programmer at the Independent Cinema Office where she programmed multiple independent cinemas and curated touring seasons of archive and repertory film.

Jo was Programme Director at London Short Film Festival, from 2014 – 2016, and will continue to curate LSFF programmes, and is the UK film programmer for the Victoria International Film Festival in Canada.

In 2015, Jo co-founded The Quarter Club – a leading network for women working in the creative industries – where she curates quarterly Salons and training Labs. Jo has worked as an impact release strategist and fundraiser on documentaries including A Syrian Love Story and the upcoming Even When I Fall.

She has previously delivered training for British Council's Film team, BFI Network at London Film Festival, London Film School, Encounters Film Festival, The Locarno Industry Lab at Morelia Film Festival, Birds’ Eye View’s Filmonomics and the ICO’s FEDs programme.

Specialties for British Council Film Team: Shorts, global exhibition.

Working at British Council since: 2018

Best thing about working on British Council Film Team: working with talented artists and facilitators

Career highlight so far: Screening Forough Farrokhzad’s documentary poem, The House is Black, and following it with poetry readings and discussions at the ICA as part of London Short Film Festival.

Favourite British film of all time: Burning An Illusion, Menelik Shabazz

Favourite British film of 2018: Even When I Fall, Sky Neal & Kate McLarnon

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