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Getting ready for a busy Cannes

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Andrea Arnold's American Honey


May 2016

Read all about the Brits at Cannes 2016, including seven films in Official Selection, dozens for sale in the Marche, a busy schedule at the UK Film Centre, and our new UK Film catalogue available for download.

As the Cannes Film Festival kicks off its 69th edition on Thursday, the UK can celebrate not one but three films in the prestigious Competition. Those are Andrea Arnold's American Honey, Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, and Jeff Nichols' Loving.

Plus, the Merchant Ivory classic Howards End from 1992 has been restored and will be presented in Cannes Classics.

The official selection of short films includes Dreamlands by Sara Dunlop in the Short Film Competition and Hamid Ahmadi’s In The Hills (London Film School) and Jac Clinch’s The Alan Dimension (NFTS) in the Cinéfondation selection.

New British titles being sold in the 'Marche' - Cannes' Market - include Steven Cantor’s documentary Dancer, about Sergei Polunin (sold by WestEnd), Colm McCarthy’s The Girl With All The Gifts, an elevated genre story starring Glenn Close (Altitude), Chris Foggin’s Kids In Love starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne (Carnaby), James Erskine’s 3D doc Le Mans 3D – Racing Is Everything (Kaleidoscope), and Philippa Lowthorpe’s new adaptation of family classic Swallows And Amazons (HanWay), among dozens more.

And of course, the British Council is headed to the Croisette too. Briony Hanson, Will Massa, Wendy Mitchell, Rachel Robey and Jemma Desai from the film team will be in Cannes taking meetings and participating in a number of talks and activities.

On Saturday, May 14, at 4pm in the UK Film Centre, the British Council will host a panel entitled Devising An International Festival Strategy. Speakers include Cameron Bailey (Toronto); Marit van den Elshout (Rotterdam CineMart); Kathleen McInnis (independent festival/PR consultant); John Nein (Sundance); and Wieland Speck (Berlinale Panorama). An invitation-only mixer will follow the panel.

As part of the We Are UK Film family (a grouping of key organisations represented at all the major film markets and festivals), we'll be taking an active role in the UK Film Centre events programme (the Centre is again located at pavilion 119 in the international village).

The British Council also invites Cannes programmers to London earlier in the spring to view British films. For more on our selector screenings programme, click here. The joint BFI/British Council Short Support Travel Grants Scheme is supporting the filmmakers behind several shorts to attend the festival.

British Council also helped Lucas Ochoa from Pulse Films to be selected as one of European Film Promotion’s Producers on the Move. Read more about Lucas in our Spotlight.

We also have our shiny new UK Film catalogue available in Cannes detailing all the UK films and UK film talent on show in the official selection, plus, an added bonus for festival selectors looking to find out more about the current UK films on the international festival circuit as well as a taster of those coming their way over the next year. Stop by the UK Film Centre to pick up a copy or you can download the pdf by clicking here.

For full information about the UK in Cannes including the activities at he UK Film Centre in Cannes, click here.