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Coriolanus - showing at British Film Week, Romania, in March

February 2012

February has been a busy month for British Council Film

At British Council Film we work with colleagues around the world to enable filmmakers and other creative talent from the UK to travel in order to share their expertise and experience and exchange ideas. February’s been a busy month.

We took the Scottish Documentary Institute to Libya to work with filmmakers on 'Tripoli Stories' – a week long documentary making workshop designed to help local filmmakers tell their own stories. The workshop has previously appeared in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Rabat, Morocco with some remarkable results. We'll be posting detail here shortly about how you can see the films.

Our  Dickens 2012 celebrations continue, with highlights from the BFI’s Dickens on Screen retrospective screening around the world. Writer Ian Haydn Smith introduced screenings and events across Tirana in Albania, and will be followed shortly in Greece when curator, Dickens expert (and CEO of Film London), Adrian Wootton, and screenwriter Mick Eaton, head out to take part in a 'Dickens on Screen' week.

In partnership with the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), we presented six recent feature films during the British Film Festival in Havana, Cuba, enabling the Cuban public to better know Britain through recent features films. Film editor, writer and actor, Robin Hill, and Nick Whitfield, director of Skeletons, led a low-budget filmmaking seminar at the Havana Film School.

Animator and musician Fred Deakin - founding director of creative agency Airside (and one half of the group Lemon Jelly) - had a packed programme in Indonesia, presenting his work at HelloFest, Jakarta, and then joining the festival’s founder, Wahyu Aditya, in two 'Go to Campus' seminars at universities in Jogjakarta and Melang.

Also this month we are pleased to be welcoming the programming teams from Cannes Film Festival: Main Competition, Directors' Fortnight, and Critics' Week, for preview screenings of some of the very best forthcoming British feature films. This is part of our ongoing programme of bespoke support for key international film festivals which sees Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, Berlin and many other 'A' list fests join us in London.

And coming up...

Running now through to 28 March, the 8th Annual British Film Festival in Armenia presents a human rights themed programme of recent features, shorts and documentaries, with film director Michael Whyte and photojournalist Patrick Sutherland attending.

Also in the Black Sea region, Emily James will be busy in Kiyv, Ukraine, presenting her inspirational film on social activism Just Do It at Docudays (22 - 27 March),  introducing two other UK documentaries (The End of the Line, The Age of Stupid), giving talks and taking part in panel discussions.

Our British Film Week in Bucharest, Romania, has a screening programme including Coriolanus, Senna, Weekend and Jez Benstock's The British Guide To Showing Off.   And Jez will be joining us as just one member of a large UK delegation heading for Mexico from 2-10 March when the UK gets its own focus at the Guadalajara Film FestivalMike Leigh is the Festival's International Honorary Guest and will be there to receive his award at the Gala Opening screening of Another Year, and introduce a range of retrospective screenings, alongside a rich programme of contemporary features and shorts including The Deep Blue Sea, Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady and Guilty Pleasures. British Council Film will be there too - Director of Film, Briony Hanson, will be presenting a snapshot of the UK industry as part of the UK/Mexico Bilateral Industry sessions and then accompany a selection of the festival's UK Focus as it plays a second round in Mexico City.