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Rotterdam’s exciting British crop

  • 1745 film still

1745, a short film by Gordon Napier about the runaway slave trade.

18th January 2018

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will host a bevy of British titles during its 2018 edition, which runs 24 Jan-4 Feb.

There are a whopping 43 British productions and co-productions across Rotterdam's features and shorts programmes.

A few highlights amongst features include. Michael Pearce’s festival hit Beast; Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion opening IFFR Live; Paul McGuigan’s BAFTA-nominated true romance Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool; Rungano Nyoni’s BIFAs-winning I Am Not a Witch; Steven Eastwood’s moving documentary Island; Andrew Kotting’s experimental film Lek and the Dogs; Andrew Haigh’s Venice award-winning Lean on Pete; Jim Hosking’s Sundance comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, and the world premiere of My Friend the Polish Girl by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek.

Shorts include Mahdi Fleifel’s award-winning A Drowning Man; Cath Le Couteur’s space artefacts story Adrift;  and Scottish runaway slave tale 1745 by Gordon Napier.

British Council Film Programme Managers Alice Cabanas, Wendy Mitchell and Gary Thomas will all attend IFFR 2018, and the British Council will host an invitation-only reception on 27 Jan to celebrate short filmmaking talents. Wendy will also host the Reality Check conference on 29 Jan.

For the full list of UK films at IFFR 2018, click here.

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