Deborah Sathe, Film London's new Head of Talent and Production, headed to Georgia recently to oversee a 'Microschool' in Batumi. Imagining she'd be there to teach she wasn't expecting quite how much she'd learn.
Mike Leigh heads to Warsaw for an extensive retrospective to celebrate British Council's 75th anniversary of working in Poland.
Last week, 200 of the most prominent movers and shakers from the worlds of art, business and media celebrated the premiere screening of Something Nice from London, a 60 minute drama adapted from an award winning short story by Petina Gappah.
As the film funding landscape shifts, we've become increasingly interested in the idea of crowd-funding here in the British Council's Film team. This week's BFI London Film Festival has given a great chance to find out more from the horse's mouth - so here's an event, a question, and an opportunity for you to participate.
All eyes are on London's cinemas this week as the BFI London Film Festival gets underway - and British Council’s Film Team is delighted to be in the thick of it.
In partnership with colleagues in Yemen we’re looking for a UK based company who will travel to the Middle East region and deliver a practical, hands-on filmmaking workshop as part of ‘Zoom’, a national competition designed for young Yemeni filmmakers.
British Council is pleased to be managing the UK Call for Projects for the Clermont-Ferrand European Short Film Co-production Forum 2014, which takes place each year at Euro Connections within the festival's Short Film Market.
As the UK's premier international short film event, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, kicks off this year, British Council is delighted to have its filmy fingers in plenty of pies.
The fourth edition of Producers Lab Toronto kicked off at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Adrian Sturges is one of 20 hand-picked European, Canadian and Australasian producers gathered there for this highly-anticipated
networking platform to discuss the financial, creative and technical potential of trans-Atlantic co-productions.
We have 5 passes exclusively for @British_Film Twitter followers to win for our Festivals session at BAFTA's celebrated Filmmaker’s Market. A packed day of masterclasses, screenings and advice sessions to help filmmakers improve creative and business skills as they move towards making their first feature, the day is supported by Sargent-Disc.
British film hits Festivals in Shanghai and Edinburgh
Briony Hanson, director of British Council Film reflects on the experience of facilitating dialogue between UK-based organisation First Light and FAMCA at the University of the Arts in Havana to organise a series of workshops for young people in Cuba.
As the dust settles on Cannes it’s looking like another busy month for British Council Film with a full calendar of events and activity at home and abroad.
We've joined forces with BAFTA and Shooting People for a second year running to stage our increasingly popular conference event on marketing and distributing your short film
In a new partnership with Big Dance and Channel 4, and in association with BAFTA, we're delighted to announce a brand new commissioning project focusing on the creative relationship between the film and dance communities from Brazil and the UK.
As the global film industry packs its factor 50 sunscreen/wellington boots* (*delete as the week’s weather forecast crystallises), British Council’s Film team will be leading the charge to support the UK talent making its way to the world’s biggest, brashest and busiest film festival. Follow the team - Briony Hanson, Will Massa and Rachel Robey - for insights, views, tips and entertainment gleaned from our prime spot in those early morning ticket queues through our daytime business and on to midnight screenings.
In a partnership with Birds Eye View Film Festival as it celebrates Arab Women Filmmakers in London for the first time, we're thrilled to be welcoming a delegation of 20 women filmmakers and film professionals from across the Middle East to join us and meet UK audiences
We have just had the privilege of taking a delegation of 10 UK film industry leaders to Moscow for an info-gathering visit arranged by our expert Russian colleagues.
We're delighted to be partnering with innovative schools organisation FILMCLUB to bring the best UK Short Films to school children in the UK and around the world for the first time
We're delighted to offer a selection of the best UK shorts, nominated for a 2013 BAFTA, to both UK and international audiences.
With support from the British Council Travel Grant Fund, run in partnership with the BFI, producer Producer Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly visited the 85th Academy Awards where her National Film & Television School short was nominated for Best Animated Short Film. She blogs on her Oscar 'whirlwind' here:
We’ve just concluded another successful partnership with Berlin’s international Film Festival, focussing much of our attention on up-and-coming UK talent.
We're fresh back from Clermont Ferrand where, in partnership with the BFI and 13 other key UK organisations working with shorts, British Council Film hosted the UK Film Market stand at the International Short Film Festival. We were thrilled to return to the world's biggest shorts market to help promote the best new UK work and support the 14 UK filmmakers playing at the festival. We also worked with the festival to identify two producers (one observing, one participating) who we supported to attend the annual Euro Connections co-production forum.
Always a significant part of our programme, our shorts activity has taken a giant leap forward this year and includes the launch of three new films designed to help you get your short seen.
It’s been a busy winter for the British Council’s Film team who have been out and about working on a vast range of projects alongside colleagues around the world.