Our work

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

An audience watches films from the BFI Gothic collection in Janela, Brazil, 2015

Showcasing at festivals

Aleem Kahn's After Love was selected for Cannes Critics' Week 2020

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.

Supporting new talent

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

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

Touring the best of UK film

Molly Dineen's Being Blacker screened internationally as part of our Grierson Award Nominee Touring Programme

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

Celebrating digital innovation

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

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.

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.

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

Some of our key programmes include:

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 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.

Cámara Chica

Cámara Chica in Cuba, 2013.

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


Participants taking part in Ramallah Stories in 2013

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

Industry insights

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

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