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British Films at Toronto Film Festival 2019

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Judy (2019) directed by Rupert Goold

5th September - 15th September 2019

The 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival boasts 34 UK productions and co-productions. Showing the strength of rising British talents, there are five first features selected. An encouraging 11 out of the 34 selected films are directed or co-directed by women.

Armando Iannucci’s Dickens re-imagining The Personal History of David Copperfield; Rupert Goold’s Judy featuring Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland; anticipated new features from Coky Giedroyc (How to Build A Girl) and Sarah Gavron (Rocks), and feature-length directorial debuts including Rose Glass’s Saint Maud and Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses.

As in previous years, the British Council worked closely with the TIFF programming team, through a combination of specially curated London screenings and bespoke advice, to ensure they were seeing the most exciting new films coming out of the UK, from established names and starry casts to emerging new talents – many of which are now having their world premieres at the festival.

Several of the short filmmakers whose work is selected for this year’s TIFF are taking advantage of our Short Film Festival Travel Grant Fund, offered in partnership with BFI NETWORK, to fund their trips to Toronto.

During the festival, British Council is a partner at the UK Film Centre on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Hotel, where industry attendees learn more about the British film industry and buy and sell British films. British Council also co-hosts the UK Film Reception at the Spoke Club, which allows British filmmakers and industry to meet their international counterparts.

Listed below are the UK produced and co-produced films in official selection at this year’s TIFF, you’ll find further details on all of the feature-length films in our 2019 UK Features catalogue. Details of the short films can be found in the UK Films Directory.

There are so many great British films to discover at TIFF 2019, there really is something for everyone. Happy viewing.

UK productions and co-productions at TIFF 2019

The Aeronauts
The Burnt Orange Heresy

Special Presentations
Dirt Music
Hope Gap
How to Build A Girl
Military Wives
Ordinary Love
The Personal History of David Copperfield
The Two Popes

Short Cuts
God’s Nightmares
It’s Nothing


A Bump Along the Way
Calm With Horses
Sea Fever

Midnight Madness
First Love
Saint Maud

Contemporary World Cinema
Bombay Rose

The Australian Dream
The Capote Tapes
Citizen K
Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema


Sorry We Missed You

Krabi, 2562
Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another

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