British Council is delighted to be managing the UK Call for Projects for the Clermont-Ferrand European Short Film Co-production Forum 2016, which takes place each year at Euro Connection within the festival's Short Film Market.
Even with power cuts and the threat of war, the British Council and SupportYemen partnered on a documentary filmmaking workshop, Comra, in Sana'a in July.
Professor Noe Mendelle, director of the Scottish Documentary Institute, reports from the Locarno Film Festival, where our 'Libyan Stories' shorts premiered and three Libyan filmmakers made a life-changing trip to the festival.
This summer Michael Nyman visited Odessa to play a live score to Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera; before delighting a vast audience he took time to he took time out to visit some of the iconic locations of the classic film.
British Council is excited to be supporting Film London’s latest Microschool which has just taken place, bringing 16 Asian filmmakers from the UK and India together in London for a week, to work on feature film ideas - all drawing from the work of Shakespeare.
British Council was delighted to be a partner on the Independent Cinema Office (ICO)’s fifth annual 'Developing Your Film Festival' workshop, held in Motovun, Croatia from 21-26 July. Here some of the participants tell us why it was a great opportunity to meet their peers and learn from other experts.
As the world gears up for a major Shakespeare celebration throughout 2016, British Council's Film team is looking for someone to help us shape a series of screenings and high profile film events. Could this be you?
We excited to be launching our international touring exhibition Moving Pictures: Artists’ Film from the Film London Jarman Award with a screening and panel at Tate Britain, London, next Monday 13 July.
There are a whopping 18 British features selected for Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s 50th anniversary edition.
Nigerian screenwriter Pearl Osibu attended the new UK-Nigeria writing lab, Script Junction, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Pearl blogged day by day about her experience, from suffering through cold summer days to getting her story in great shape.
As always, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is showcasing a wealth of British talent. The festival is bookended by two Scottish themed films this year, kicking off tonight with Robert Carlyle's The Legend of Barney Thomson*.
Sheffield Doc/Fest hosted the first stage of our UK-Mexico Docunexion programme, where twelve filmmakers and six mentors came together from both countries to workshop feature projects in development. Megan Horvath, UK producer of Mexican-set 'The Disappeared', shares her experiences.
We're launching a new UK-Nigeria screenwriting partnership programme, Script Junction, in Edinburgh as the festival opens, which will run from June to November 2015.
British Council's Film team is gearing up for its largest ever presence at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week with panels, delegations, international training and a spot of jury duty thrown in for good measure.
Filmmakers and sales agents, are you registered to receive updates on the British Council's selector screenings service? We've got selectors from Toronto, Venice, San Sebastian, Venice and Busan coming to London in the coming weeks!
UK productions and co-productions performed well at Cannes 2015, pulling in awards and five-star reviews.
Documentary star Jeanie Finlay has been on a North America tour to unveil her latest film, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King. Here, in the second of her blogs, she describes her adventures in New York, Nashville, Toronto and Vancouver with a man in a mask.
Wendy Mitchell sat in on the Inside Festival Programming session at the UK Film Centre and recaps the best advice from the festival's world's top experts.
The Cannes Film Festival kicked off last night and there are plenty of British projects to celebrate.
Here’s the second blog from filmmaker and journalist Charlie Lyne reflecting on his experience at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival and on three of the international films that captured his interest.
Reinhard Wolf has been a programmer at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen since 1991. He is an editor for shortfilm.de - the joint short film portal of Oberhausen Festival and AG Kurzfilm, the German Short Film Association. We asked him to blog about the presence of UK shorts at the Oberhausen Festival - and Germany in general.
Filmmaker and journalist Charlie Lyne is one of a significant group of UK documentary makers in Toronto this week for the prestigious Hot Docs Film Festival. Here he blogs about the premiere of both the films he's representing - and he'll check in again later in the week as the festival unspools to report back on how the UK selection compares against international counterparts.
Jeanie Finlay was in New York last week to unveil her latest film, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here she describes how it happened - and shares some great photos - scroll through the images above by clicking the arrow.
British Council is unveiling Script Junction, a new screenwriting initiative to connect UK and Nigerian writers.
The British Council is planning an ambitious cultural programme connecting the UK and Nigeria that will run in 2015 and 2016. And we’re hoping to get more film organisations involved…keep reading for details.
London-based producer Sarah Sulick went to SXSW in Austin, Texas, this week with Rebecca Johnson's Honeytrap. In the second of two blogs from the festival, Sarah discovers the ten things that happen in SXSW which would never happen in Cannes
As BFI Flare, London's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Film Festival, screened for the capital's viewers this week, we staged an ambitious programme to make five of the Festival's films available free for everyone everywhere.
Every year at the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival filmmakers come from all over Europe to pitch for funding for their short film projects. Lucy Brydon, writer/director of 'Sick(er)' was selected to represent the UK
London-based producer Sarah Sulick arrives at SXSW in Austin, Texas, with Rebecca Johnson's Honeytrap. In her first blog from the festival, Sarah reports from the Filmmaker Lunch, where she spots Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater.
Film journalist, curator and academic Ian Haydn Smith writes about the experience of working with the British Council's programme to bring HItchcock's early films to several cities in Morocco, and discussing the master's work with local students.
Yasmin Fedda’s Queens of Syria had its UK premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival this weekend, playing to a sold-out crowd at the Glasgow Film Theatre.
A new partnership between British Council, Into Film, BBC and BFI, is giving UK children unique access to a treasure trove of British-made archive documentaries for use in a brand new creative project.
The consensus from audiences and critics alike is that both Paddington and Shaun the Sheep Movie offer a great time at the movies - but what is less obvious is that each has something very different to say about British identity. Film journalist, academic and curator, Ian Haydn Smith, finds much to celebrate in both hit films.
It was double honours for British film in the main Competition at the 2015 Berlinale, as Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay each won a Silver Bear (for best actress and best actor, respectively) for their performances in Andrew Haigh's 45 Years.
Palestinian filmmaking brothers Muayad and Rami Alayan presented the world premiere of their debut feature Love, Theft and Other Entanglements in the Berlinale's Panorama section this week. The film was developed at a British Council-backed workshop in Ramallah.
Maisie Williams has been the toast of Berlin Film Festival this week, attending as the UK’s 2015 representative in European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars.
Edward Lawrenson and Pia Borg attended the Sundance Film Festival to present their short film Abandoned Goods. Ed is also sharing his Sundance diary, and in this final instalment he reports from the winners' ceremony and on meeting one of his heroes, Ross McElwee.
Edward Lawrenson and Pia Borg are at the Sundance Film Festival this week to present their short film Abandoned Goods. Ed is also sharing his Sundance diary, and in this sixth instalment he talks to his film's producers, Kate Ogborn and Lisa Marie Russo, about their Sundance advice and favourite films.
Edward Lawrenson and Pia Borg are at the Sundance Film Festival this week to present their short film Abandoned Goods. Ed is also sharing his Sundance diary, and in this fifth instalment he talks to one of Sundance's Short Film Programmers about the uber-competitive selection process and connections that can be made at the festival.
Edward Lawrenson and Pia Borg are at the Sundance Film Festival this week to present their short film Abandoned Goods. Ed is also sharing his Sundance diary, and in this fourth instalment he writes about the experience of an early-morning live TV interview, a packed screening in Salt Lake City, a welcoming British brunch, and the shorts awards party.
It’s a strong year for British Film at the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Indeed, the festival’s well-received opening night selection was Tom Harper’s War Book.
Edward Lawrenson and Pia Borg are at the Sundance Film Festival this week to present their short film Abandoned Goods. Ed is also sharing his Sundance diary, and this third instalment is about the exciting and nervewracking experience of the film's Sundance premiere.
Edward Lawrenson and Pia Borg are at the Sundance Film Festival this week to present their short film Abandoned Goods. Ed is also sharing his Sundance diary, and this second instalment is about waking up to an impressive landscape, getting a warm welcome (not to mention new shoes) from the festival, and coping with jetlag.
Later this week, Abandoned Goods, a film Pia Borg and Edward Lawrenson co-directed, will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Ed and Pia will be there to support the screening, thanks in part to the British Council’s Short Film Travel Grant Fund. Ed is also sharing his Sundance diary, starting with this first instalment about how they have prepared for the festival.