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British talent at the Berlin Film Festival

  • Michaela Coel in Been So Long

Michaela Coel in Been So Long

8th February 2018

It’s another busy Berlinale for the Brits, with film screenings, market meetings and some time for celebration, too.

Download our UK Films at Berlin catalogue.

We’re thrilled that actress/writer Michaela Coel (whose credits include Chewing Gum, Black Mirror and the forthcoming feature musical Been So Long), will be representing the UK as one of European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars in Berlin.

Watch a taster of Michaela's work:

The UK films and co-productions selected for Berlinale 2018 are:

Isle of Dogs (Germany/UK), Wes Anderson
The Real Estate (Sweden/UK), Måns Månsson and Axel Petersén
Entebbe (US/UK), José Padilha

Berlinale Special
The Bookshop (Spain/UK/Germany) Isabel Coixet
The Happy Prince (Germany/Belgium/Italy/UK) Rupert Everett
Songwriter (UK), Murray Cummings

Profile (US/UK/Cyprus) Timur Bekmambetov
Yardie (UK) Idris Elba
Shut Up and Play The Piano (Germany/France/UK), Philipp Jedicke
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (US/UK/Sri Lanka) Steven Loveridge

Forum Expanded
Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033 (USA/UK), Zach Blas
The Rare Event (Switzerland/France/UK), Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
Song for Europe (UK), John Smith

Berlinale Shorts
Circle (UK/India/Canada), Jayisha Patel

Generation Shorts
Fry-Up (UK), Charlotte Regan
Three Centimetres (UK), Lara Zeidan
Snow for Water, Christopher Villiers

Group Exhibition at Akademie Der Kunste Am Hanseatenweg
Bläue (Germany/UK) Kerstin Schroedinger
The Third Part of the Third Measure by (UK/UAE/USA) The Otolith Group

Download our PDF catalogue to read details about all the films.

Many of these films were selected after British Council welcomed three Berlinale programmers to London in November for our selector screenings programme.

British Council is proud to be a partner in the UK Film Centre, stand 39 at the European Film Market’s Martin Gropius Bau. The stand is organised by Film Export UK and this year the partners include the BFI, British Council, British Film Commission (BFC), Creative Scotland, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen. Find out more at

Of course, sales activity is another crucial part of British presence in Berlin, as dozens of UK-based film sales companies will be selling the next wave of buzzy titles.

British Council Film, working with the BFI, has supported a number of short filmmakers to go to Berlin via our Short Film Travel Grant Fund. We will also be partnering on a networking reception for international short film programmers.

British Council Film is a founding partner of Berlinale Talents and we’re proud to support the 22 UK participants headed to Berlin this year:

Shalini Adnani, production designer/art director
Ahmed Al Daradji, director
Manon Ardisson, producer
Chiara Armentano, editor
Michal Babinec, cinematographer
Prano Bailey-Bond, director
Fiona Brands, editor
Grba Singh Marko, director
Rebecca Dale, composer
Enos Desjardins, sound designer
Grant Gulczynski, director
James Heath, producer
Laura Hypponen, director
Ella Jones-Keller, director
Charlie Lyne, director
Zadoc Nava, director
Georgia Oakley, director
Rebecca Peniston-Bird, director
Maria Pirkkalainen, distributor
Mihaela Popescu, director
Harry Silverlock, distributor

British Council Germany will also host two of the Berlinale Talents, Georgia Oakley and Manon Ardisson, to conduct an exclusive workshop for filmmakers that will focus on technical aspects of directing and producing. There will also be two film screenings followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to meet these two Talents.

British Council’s Head of film Briony Hanson and film programme managers Alice Cabanas and Wendy Mitchell will attend the Berlinale.