Ken Loach's SORRY WE MISSED YOU is competing for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Image © Sixteen Films and Joss Barratt
14th May - 25th May 2019
We’re in Cannes – along with the rest of the world’s film industry – ready to shout about UK talent and find out what our partner countries are up to.
Great 8 Showcase
First off the blocks, and taking place even before the Cannes opening gala gets underway, is our GREAT 8 showcase – where we shine a light on 8 up and coming UK talents in partnership with BFI, BBC Films and Film4.
Producer on the Move
As the week goes on we’ll be focussing on more UK talent when our UK nomination for Producer on the Move hits town on Thursday. Emily Morgan, who recently produced the BAFTA-winning I Am Not A Witch, joins us to take part in this exclusive programme run by European Film Promotion, of which the British Council is the UK member. We’ll also be spending time with EFP members from 38 countries across Europe, exploring ways to collaborate and learn from each other.
UK Film Centre
The British Council is a a partner of WE ARE UK FILM which brings together the UK's national and regional film agencies, producers and sales companies under one umbrella at the UK Film Centre to provide easy info about the UK’s outstanding locations, services, films and talent.
The UK Film Centre is in Cannes from 14 - 23 May and open daily from 9am - 6pm at Pavilion 116 in the International Village Riviera.
It's an excellent meeting place and the Centre also hosts an events programme on topics ranging from advice on what international collaborators need to know about the post-Brexit UK film landscape, to Talent Talks with some of our finest UK filmmakers including Ken Loach and Asif Kapadia.
British Council Film will be steering one of the events – How International Talent Labs can Boost Careers on Friday 17 May at 2pm. Prompted by our newly launched travel support for UK filmmakers attending Labs, it will offer advice to help navigate the hundreds of filmmaking labs around the globe for screenwriters, directors and producers including choosing the right one and making the most of the experience. Speakers on stage will be Paul Federbush, international director, feature film programme (Sundance); Savina Neirotti, executive director (Torino FilmLab); Savvas Stavrou, filmmaker; Marit van den Elshout, head of industry (International Film Festival Rotterdam) – chaired by our Shorts Programme Manager, Jo Duncombe.
The Centre is adding more events as the Festival gets underway – so its worth checking back here to see what we’re up to:
Championing UK Film
Alongside all that, we’re in town to meet international film festival friends, new and old, in order to make sure they know about the UK films they should be considering for their programmes across the globe. To help them, we’ve compiled a brand new UK Features Catalogue detailing all the films currently on the festival circuit (including those screening in Cannes) together with a round up of the top UK films in production, many of which are which are being sold in the Market.