Our work

We showcase UK film to international audiences, support new talent, celebrate digital innovation, and encourage international collaboration.

Showcasing at festivals

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Venice Critics Week found Luna Carmoon's Hoard at our selector screenings giving it a world premiere in 2023

We work with a network of international film festivals to bring the best of UK film to international audiences including running the UK's Festival Selector Screenings programme.

We collect information on all new UK films in production to offer an up-to-date snapshot of contemporary UK talent in our UK film database.

We maintain an extensive list of international film festivals for filmmakers looking to plot their film's journey around the world.

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Supporting new talent

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Filmmakers Dionne Edwards and Georgia Goggin on a trip to Toronto International Film Festival, supported by the British Council

We support emerging UK talent with travel grants, by showcasing on our UK Shorts Portal, and through other programmes designed to enable new international relationships.

Touring the best of UK film

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BAFTA/Oscar winner An Irish Goodbye is part of our annual BAFTA Nominees Touring programme

We tour programmes of UK film through our colleagues in over 100 countries, working with UK partners ranging from BAFTA-nominated short film; Grierson-nominated documentaries; and themed programmes including Doc Society's Climate Stories Playlist.

Celebrating digital innovation

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We use digital platforms to champion UK moving image, and we celebrate the new possibilities of games and creative technology for cultural exchange. Read about our flagship No Direct Flight programme in partnership with BFI and Nowness.

Some of our key global projects


We work with the Scottish Documentary Institute on a global programme enabling international participants to tell stories about their lives through film.

More about Stories

Cámara Chica

We work with with youth film organisation Into Film, on a global programme empowering young people to tell new stories through film.

More about Camára Chica

Five Films for Freedom

We stage the world’s widest-reaching digital celebration of LGBTIQ+ themed film in March each year in partnership with BFI Flare, London's LGBTIQ+ Film Festival.

More about Five Films

More Films For Freedom

We offer an annual programme in partnership with BFI NETWORK to commission three new short films from international teams developing LGBTIQ+ stories.

More about More Films


We partner BFI, with support from BBC FILM, Film4 and the GREAT campaign, on an annual showcase of 8 of the UK’s most exciting 1st and 2nd-time filmmakers to international distributors and festival programmers in the run-up to the Cannes Marché.

More about GREAT 8

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Apply for a Short / Feature Film / XR Festival Travel Grant

We offer grants to help short and feature filmmakers / XR creatives travel to international festivals and showcases where their work is being screened.


View our range of international opportunities for filmmakers, creatives, professionals and organisations.

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