British Council Film this summer
Children in South London enjoying the British Council Film Collection in their school pop up cinema
It’s another busy month for the British Council Film team as we work with colleagues here in London and around the world to find new audiences for British film and enable creative UK talent to collaborate with international peers.
Following our ShortSighted events at Edinburgh International Film Festival and in London, in partnership with BAFTA, designed to offer short filmmakers the tools to get their work on to an international stage, and our recent programme of support for 35 international delegates to visit Sheffield Doc/Fest, we’re continuing to work with a range of UK-based festivals this month. We are particularly enjoying partnerships with both the East End Film Festival and Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival which have resulted in a series of panel discussions. An East End focus on ‘Maximising the Festival Circuit’ gives way to a series of 'Future Of...' panels at Rushes, taking over The Apple Store on Regent Street over the course of the festival, taking the temperature of documentary, animation, short film and new media. Drawing on a range of experts to discuss funding, career building, convergence, branding potential and future trends our top-notch line-up includes panellists from Creative England, IdeasTap, Doc/Fest, onedotzero, Nexus Productions, BFI, MOFILM and Shorts International.
Midway through Rushes, we’re heading out to support our partners at Odessa International Film Festival where the UK presence is significant: Rufus Norris’ Broken screens in competition with Cillian Murphy in attendance; the festival closes with Loach’s The Angels’ Share which will be presented by producer Rebecca O’Brien and key cast members; Peter Greenaway delivers a masterclass; film critic Hannah McGill and journalist Ian Haydn Smith offer workshops and panel discussions in the festival Summer School.
Heading further afield, we’ll be accompanying Brit producer Julie Baines (Creep, Puffball) on a visit to travel to Ramallah to deliver an intensive two-day Palestinian Co-Production Workshop, designed to bring clarity to the newly signed co-production treaty between the UK and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to a group of Palestinian producers.
Meanwhile, here in London we hosted Festival Selector Screenings for the programming teams for Busan International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival showcasing a large slate of forthcoming British feature films and co-productions, at the BFI Southbank.
Finally, we took time out to have yet more fun with the British Council Film Collection, compiling a programme of clips featuring children from films in the Collection for schools, summer fetes and festivals to screen in pop-up cinemas across the UK. Audiences of children - and their grandparents - have loved the films - and pop-up cinemas are proving to be a great way to keep dry this summer! Feel free to download and screen the compilation yourself by clicking below.