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Sundance and Rotterdam busy for Brits

Notes On Blindness will play in both Sundance and Rotterdam

January/February 2016

A hot crop of new British films has been selected for Sundance (Jan 21-31) and International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 27-Feb 7).

Sundance 2016

As the independent film world heads to Park City, Utah, for the 32nd year of the Sundance Film Festival, a number of British productions and co-productions get their screening in the snow:

British shorts in the programme are Edmond, Territory, Pombo Loves You, Over, Mining Poems or Odes and Manoman.

Also there are two British experts serving on juries at Sundance: Mark Adams, the artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival; and filmmaker Asif Kapadia, who is Oscar-nominated for Amy and also showing his new film Ali & Nino.

Read our Spotlight interview with The Lovers and the Despot producer Natasha Dack here.

Rotterdam 2016

The International Film Festival Rotterdam runs from Jan 27 to Feb 7 and has an especially strong crop of British projects selected for its 45th festival, the first edition under new festival artistic director, Bero Beyer.

In Rotterdam, the British selections include Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, which has earned the prestigious closing night slot at the festival, with the film's music composed by Scott Walker played live during the screening by Codarts Symphony Orchestra, led by Mark Warman. The orchestra will also welcome a number of guest British musicians who performed on the original soundtrack.

Other British productions and co-productions selected across the programme’s sections are High-Rise, The Idol, Double-Take, Chuck Norris Vs Communism, Roaring Abyss, The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, Fear Itself, Notes on Blindness, Heated Gloves, Brand New-U, 11 Minutes, Aaaaaaaah!, Unseen: The Lives of Looking, Innocence of Memories,Notfilm, Ballad of Exiles, My Good Hans and Cemetery of Splendour.

Shorts in Rotterdam include JackedYou Could Sunbathe in this Storm, Harbour City, New Eyes, Edmond, The Host, Electrical Gaza, The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys, A Distant EpisodeCrippled Symmetries, The Cusp of Your Credenza, A Man Returned, Dream English Kid 1964-1999 AD, Between The Bullet and the Hole, Tosse not my soule, and Greater Things.

Also, two UK projects are being pitched at the CineMart co-production market. They are What if Women Ruled the World? by Yael Bartana and producer Jacqui Davies; and Andrew Hulme's The Devil Outside for Ipso Facto Productions.

UK participants in Rotterdam Lab are Sophie Venner, Beth Allan, David Jack, Nicholas Crum, Brian J. Falconer, Chi Thai, Giannina La Salvia, and Rebecca Mills.

Both festivals are take part in British Council’s festival selector screenings in London – find out more here. Also, learn more here about how British Council supports short filmmakers travelling to major international festivals through our Short Film Travel Grant Fund.