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Kevin Macdonald's Whitney takes the Midnight screening slot


8th May 2018

The British Council is readying for a busy Cannes Film Festival 2018.

This year’s Cannes programme includes Oscar-winner Pawel Pawlikowski’s much-anticipated new feature Cold War (a Poland-France-UK co-production) in the prestigious Competition. Cinéfondation, Cannes' student short showcase, has selected two brand new shorts: Zhannat Alshanova’s End of Season and Lucia Bulgheroni’s Inanimate, both ably demonstrating the international makeup of our leading film schools.

One of the Festival’s prestigious Midnight Screening slots has been allocated to Kevin Macdonald’s stunning documentary portrait, Whitney. Two UK productions will form a highlight of the Cannes Classics selection: Mark Cousins‘s The Eyes of Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick’s UK/US masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, the latter on its 50th anniversary outing.

Elsewhere, during the Festival we’ll be joining forces with the British Film Institute, Film4, BBC Films and the UK government’s GREAT campaign to host Great 8 – an exclusive, invitation-only showcase of eight upcoming features unveiled for sales executives and top festival programmers.

At the other end of the spectrum we’re also supporting Straight8 as it unveils the 2018 selection of eight winning short films, each made from one super 8 cartridge with no edits.

And, as part of the UK Film family, we’ll be out in force alongside a number of key UK Film organisations under the single umbrella of We Are UK Film. A grouping of UK film commissions, national and regional agencies and sales companies, together we provide clear information about our outstanding locations, services, films and talent, by co-hosting the UK Film Centre with a full programme of events, inviting connections with both national and international partners. The UK Film Centre is again at Riviera 117 in the international village (near the Palais).

On 11 May the British Council will host a panel at the UK Film Centre, Small Films, Big Impact: How Short Filmmakers can make the most of the International Festival Circuit. Speakers include festival strategist and publicist, Kathleen McInnis, director Jayisha Patel and producer Georgia Goggin; British Council’s Wendy Mitchell will moderate. Wendy will also moderate a talk about film finance, The New Dealmakers, on 12 May at the UK Film Centre. Details of the UK Film Centre events are listed here.

Also attending Cannes for the British Council are Director of Film, Briony Hanson and Film Programme Manager Jemma Desai, who will be working with international festivals, and national film agencies in the Festival village. You can register to meet them during a Meet the Experts roundtable at the UK Film Centre.

We look forward to seeing you in Cannes and celebrating British films and talent on the international stage.