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A British boom at Cannes 2017

  • I Am Not A Witch

Runagno Nyoni's I Am Not A Witch has its world premiere in Directors' Fortnight.

17th May - 28th May 2017

Read about all the British films and activities in Cannes' 70th anniversary year. Plus, download our Cannes 2017 catalogue here.

The 70th Festival de Cannes kicks off on 17 May and British Council will be there!

Let’s start with the most important things: the films and filmmakers!

There is an impressive and diverse crop of UK films and UK co-productions this year, including:

You Were Never Really Here Dir. Lynne Ramsay (UK/France/USA)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos (UK/Ireland/France/Greece/Netherlands Co-Pro)

How To Talk To Girls At Parties Dir. John Cameron Mitchell (USA/UK)

I Am Not A Witch Dir. Rungano Nyoni (UK/France Co-Pro)

Sea Sorrow Dir. Vanessa Redgrave

A Prayer Before Dawn Dir. Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (UK/France Co-Pro)

Blow Up Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (UK/Italy/US)

Real Gods Require Blood Dir. Moin Hussain [read his Spotlight]

A Drowning Man Dir. Mahdi Fleifel (UK/Denmark/Greece)

Wild Horses Dir. Rory Stewart [read his Spotlight]

Bugsy Malone Dir. Alan Parker
Chariots of Fire Dir. Hugh Hudson

As always we have produced a Catalogue of all UK films at Cannes 2017 – you can download a pdf here.

British Council also continues our work with European Film Promotion by nominating Belfast-based producer Chris Martin to be a Producer on the Move. Read his Spotlight interview here.

We are also a partner in the UK Film Centre at Cannes – open 17 May to 26 May at Pavilion 119 of the International Village Riviera. The centre is open for information, meetings and some great talks. For more on the UK Film Centre, visit

British Council is hosting the UK Film Centre’s 18 May talk Feels Like The First Time: How to get your first feature on the international festival circuit. British Council Film Programme Manager Wendy Mitchell will moderate the talk with some amazing experts: Katja Adomeit, producer (Wolf and Sheep; co-producer The Square); John Cooper, director, Sundance Film Festival; Pietro Greppi, producer (Departure), Giona A. Nazzaro, general delegate of the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week.

Cannes delegates can also sign up for roundtable group sessions to learn more about The British Council – ask at the UK Film Centre as spaces are limited.

See you in Cannes!