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It's a British invasion at Toronto 2016

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Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton, gets its world premiere at TIFF 2016

8th September - 18th September 2016

Toronto International Film Festival boasts 39 British films on show this year, and British Council will be at the heart of the action co-hosting the UK Film Centre, and taking part in panels and other activities. Read more here, and download our catalogue of UK films at TIFF 2016.

It truly is a British invasion at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival 2016. There are a whopping 39 British productions and co-productions in the festival programme this year. (See full details of all the films in Toronto with our pdf catalogue, which you can download here.)

We’re proud to say that a large percentage of these films were seen by Toronto’s CEO, Piers Handling, artistic director, Cameron Bailey, and director of programming, Kerri Craddock, when they joined us in London in June as part of our festival selector screenings service…learn more here.)

Narrative features
American Honey
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Black Mirror (TV)
City of Tiny Lights
The Exception
Free Fire

The Girl With All The Gifts
I, Daniel Blake
The Journey
The Journey Is The Destination
Lady Macbeth
The Levelling
The Limehouse Golem
Message From The King
Nocturnal Animals
Prevenge (read writer/director Alice Lowe’s Spotlight here)
A Quiet Passion
Their Finest [pictured]
Trespass Against Us
A United Kingdom

Documentary features
Forever Pure
India In A Day
Into The Inferno
The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole – A Trip Across Latin America
The Sixth Beatle

As Without So Within
A Brief History Of Princess X
In The Hills
Night Dancing
The Watershow Extravaganza
The White Helmets
Your Mother and I

Several of the short filmmakers are taking advantage of our Short Film Travel Grant Scheme to fund their trips to Toronto.

The Levelling star Ellie Kendrick will take part in TIFF's new International Actors Programme

More than screenings

As the UK's representative of European Film Promotion (EFP), we'll be taking part in several activities in Toronto, including a celebratory reception.

EFP organises Producers Lab Toronto together with TIFF and the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). There are 24 producers taking part in the networking and learning platform and British Council nominated Camilla Deakin of Lupus Films from the UK (read her Spotlight here). Deakin has produced Roger Mainwood’s Ethel & Ernest, which will have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival (coming up next on the Festival circuit).

EFP also runs Film Sales Support, which helps support international sales companies as they sell British titles to foreign distributors to be seen around the world.  British films getting this extra promotion and marketing support, and their sales companies, are:

Their Finest (HanWay Films)
Brimstone (Embankment)
Una (WestEnd)
The Limehouse Golem (HanWay)

We're also supporting Ellie Kendrick, the Game of Thrones actress who takes her first leading role in The Levelling, to attend TIFF’s new International Actors Programme, which includes a red carpet showcase and indepth meetings with the Casting Society of America.

As always, British Council takes its place as part of the UK Film umbrella stand at the Hyatt in the heart of the Festival.

British Council Head of Film Briony Hanson and Film Programme Managers Wendy Mitchell and Rachel Robey will attend TIFF.

Rachel produced The Levelling, Hope Dickson Leach’s debut feature premiering in the Discovery section.

Wendy, who spearheaded film programmes for the British Council’s UK-Nigeria season in 2015, will take part in two panels realated to TIFF’s City to City: Lagos programme. She will be a panelist on the talk Nigerian Cinema 2016: At The Forefront, and she will moderate the public conversation with Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan.

Other panels with British connections include Brexit & The UK Film Industry: What Happens Now?, with speakers including Isabel Davis of the BFI; producer Paul Webster of Shoebox Films;The British Film Commission's Kattie Kotok; and Creative Scotland's Robbie Allen, moderated by Screen International Americas editor Jeremy Kay.

One of The Guardian TIFF Talks will be with A United Kingdom director Amma Asante; Ewan McGregor will give a Masterclass as well as presenting his feature directorial debut American Pastoral; and UK strategic adviser Jonathan Olsberg will give a Moguls talk about how film productions drive the expansions of creative industries.

For more on Toronto film and industry programme schedules visit the TIFF website,