Our work

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

Camara Chica, a British Council project in Venezuela developing young people's skills through filmmaking

Showcasing at festivals

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019), directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, screened at the Berlinale in February 2019

We work with a network of international film festivals to bring the best of UK film to international audiences.

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.

Supporting new talent

We work to support emerging UK talent through funding and travel opportunities, with programmes designed to create new international relationships.

Filmmakers Dionne and Georgia on a trip to Toronto, Canada, supported by the British Council

Touring the best of UK film

We tour themed programmes of UK film working with partners in the UK and internationally.

Audiences watch films from the BFI Gothic collection in Janela, Brazil, 2015

Celebrating digital innovation

We use digital platforms to champion UK film, and we celebrate the new possibilities of games and creative technology for cultural exchange.

No Direct Flight, a British Film Institute (BFI) collaboration that explored the impact of digital technology on a new global black visual aesthetic

Global projects

We develop skills partnerships across all moving image fields, and our programmes use film to encourage exchange and dialogue, promote marginalised voices and explore cultural identity.

Five Films for Freedom

EG was part of FiveFilms4Freedom 2019. Directed by Vala Ómarsdóttir and Hallfriður Thora Tryggvadottir, co-created by Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir

More Films for Freedom

Cámara Chica

Cámara Chica in Cuba, 2013.

Find out how the British Council is empowering young people to tell new stories through film with Cámara Chica.

Industry insights

Our commissioned research helps shape cultural policy and supports partners in developing future international programmes.

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