British Council Film in the Press

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Amma Asante's Belle makes the news

Screen Daily - Matt Mueller appointed Screen International editor -Matt Mueller has been appointed as the new editor of Screen International and Mueller, who has covered film in an editorial role for 22 years, will succeed former editor Wendy Mitchell, who has joined the British Council but also continues to write for Screen.

Screen Daily
– BAFTA-nominated shorts to screen in cinemas 
Audiences across the UK, and internationally, will be able to see a feature-length package of this year’s BAFTA-nominated British short films and animations at the cinema from March. For a third year, BAFTA is partnering with distributor the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), which is handling all UK theatrical bookings, and with British Council, which will tour the films internationally through their network of offices in 110 countries. Last year’s programme visited 30 venues across the UK, and 50 venues internationally in territories including Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Colombia, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.

BBC Radio Four – Front Row

British Council Director of Film, Briony Hanson, reviews Ex Machina, written and directed by Alex Garland

Screen Daily
UK Stars of Tomorow at the London Film Festival

The Observer
Interview with actor Riz Ahmed

Screen Daily
UK Stars of Tomorow at the London Film Festival

Brazilian cinema at Encounters

Screen Daily
British Council to present UK Stars at LFF

Screen Daily
Athens Jury includes Briony Hanson

BBC Radio 4 - Front Row
British Council Director of Film, Briony Hanson, reviews Guardians Of The Galaxy

BBC Radio 4: The Film Programme
Briony Hanson on the legacy of Film 4’s Tessa Ross

BBC Radio 4: Front Row - Noah
British Council Director of Film, Briony Hanson, reviews Aronofsky's Noah.

Screen DailyBEV, British Council welcome 20 international delegates 
Birds Eye View (BEV) and the British Council have renewed and expanded their partnership on an International Delegates programme in April 2014. The Birds Eye View Festival, which runs April 8-13, will welcome 20 female writers, directors and producers for a bespoke series of training, networking and industry events from April 10-14.

Frost MagazineWelcome to the cinema of childhood
The Cinema Of Childhood season will launch April 11th at Filmhouse, BFI Southbank, and other key venues across the UK. [It includes] the work of one of the world’s greatest movie-makers, Mohammad-Ali Talebi from Iran with three of his best films – THE BOOT, BAG OF RICE, and his poetic masterpiece WILLOW AND WIND. Mohammad-Ali Talebi will visit the UK for the first time in April, as a guest of the British Council.

BBC Radio 4:  Front Row - Veronica Mars
Briony Hanson reviews Veronica Mars and talks about Kickstarter funding.

Variety - BAFTA to Showcase Work of Director Amma Asante
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is to showcase the work of director Amma Asante (“A Way of Life,” “Belle”) in April at the first of this year’s Brits to Watch: The Screenings, a series of events hosted by BAFTA in New York and Los Angeles, in partnership with British Council, that introduce outstanding U.K. film talent to the U.S. film industry.

Hollywood Reporter - BAFTA to showcase Amma Asante
The events, in partnership with the government-backed British Council, aim to provide a platform to introduce British film talent to the U.S. film

Live for FilmsWelcome to the Cinema of Childhood‏ – New UK Film Season
Filmhouse, Edinburgh is delighted to announce a UK-wide film season, Cinema of Childhood, curated by filmmaker Mark Cousins. Mohammad-Ali Talebi will visit the UK for the first time in April, as a guest of the British Council to launch the season with Mark Cousins at BFI Southbank, Filmhouse and other venues to be announced.

The Scotsman Review of Admiral Fallow performance 
Elsewhere, absorbing footage from the British Council archives provided some stimuli when the band’s own music lacked interest, colour or a hook to hang on.

BBC Radio 4 Front Row - Briony Hanson reviews Only Lovers Left Alive

BBC Radio 4 The Film ProgrammeCreative Europe partnership
“This week an increase was announced in the European Union’s funding programme for the creative and cultural sectors – some of which will make its way to British Film via a partnership between the BFI and the British Council.”

Exeter DailyAnimate yourselves, Exeter!
The festival will start with Schools Week, taking place from the 10th to the 14th February, curated by Filmclub, an educational charity helping transform young lives through film, and the British Council. Filmclub helps schools set up film clubs, providing students with the opportunity to watch films from all over the world.

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking
Briony Hanson discusses Derek Jarman

“One of the things that I really love about him is that he gives this other side of Britain. A lot of my job at the British Council is about promoting British films and filmmakers and finding opportunities for exchange and collaboration between the film community here and the film community everywhere else.”

Hollywood Reporter - BAFTA Shorts on tour

Screen Daily - BAFTA shorts head on international tour

Screen Daily
- BFI plans year of UK-China activities
The BFI is unveiling a year-long special collaboration between the UK and China, which will include business, trade, creative and cultural initiatives. The BFI, which will bring its Chinese activities together under the banner Electric Shadows, is working alongside a range of key partners including the British Council, DCMS, UKTI and the GREAT Britain Campaign.

BBC Radio 4 Front RowBritish Council Director Film, Briony Hanson reviews Blue is the Warmest Colour

Screen Daily
– Stop the Pounding Heart wins at DOK Leipzig
Meanwhile, in India, the Goethe-Institut teamed up with the British Council to support the year-long Doc Wok training programme for documentary films in postproduction, which was established by Magic Lantern Movies and DOK Leipzig.

BBC Radio 4, Front Row
– Briony Hanson reviews BBC2 comedy ‘Ambassadors’

“I wish it was a good representation of the British Council and the Foreign Office – or a good British comedy. Sadly I don’t actually think it’s either. It falls somewhere between comedy and drama and it doesn’t quite hit off either.”

30/10/13 – The Shooting Gallery returns to Channel 4

Channel 4’s short film strand The Shooting Gallery is returning for a four week run starting Monday 11th November, to showcase nine brand new films from some of the UK’s best new film-making talent. Future episodes are set to include films made with partnership organisations including The Tate gallery, the British Council and the Kendal Mountain Festival.

The Independent – Not bad for a small island that no one listens to: British TV exports hit £1.2bn China is currently importing a British cultural revolution, led by Downton Abbey, which plays to 160 million viewers. An aspirational Chinese audience has become fascinated with the programme’s depiction of British manners in the Edwardian era. A young, educated Shanghai crowd reportedly “went berserk” at a British Council event to encourage cultural links when they were shown an image of Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Sunday Express – China falls for the Downton Abbey effect 
“There is a huge appetite for British culture particularly among young, fashionable Chinese,” says Briony Hanson, director of film for the British Council. “We took a collection of films from the British film archives and I was very nervous about it. I thought we might be playing to 20 people and a dog, particularly as it was advertised as Old British Film Night but we were pushing people out of the door.”

ITV – BBC London News
Briony Hanson (Director Film) on the Olympic Legacy
“We have just done a very big piece of research studying responses in 11 countries… We had a perfect storm… the results are now in something like 44% of people think that we are now a bigger international world power as a result."

Screen - Film Festival Training in partnership with British Council
Independent Cinema Office runs 3rd Developing Your Film Festival training and networking event from July 23-28 in Croatia.

ScreenBAFTA announces Brits To Watch series
In partnership with British Council, Brits to Watch: The Screenings will introduce outstanding British film talent to the US industry.

Broadway World
- BAFTA to showcase up and coming British Film Talent to the US industry
BAFTA announces a showcase series in partnership with British Counci

British Council supports BAFTA to showcase new talent across the US.

- British delegation heads to Shanghai
British Council, in partnership with the BFI, supports an increased presence for British film at the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15-23).

Movie Scope - British film at Shanghai Film Festival
The British Council, in partnership with the BFI, has announced a significantly increased presence for British film at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) which runs from 15 – 23 June.

Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers’ Market takes place on July 13, a UK event for budding filmmakers which includes a directors masterclass and a session on crowdfunding. “Highlights of the day include… a British Council-led session on navigating the international festival circuit”

Briony Hanson joins the 'Expert Judges' panel for the 2013 Screen Awards.

Screen – Film London launches international training programme
Film London is to extend its Microschool training programme outside of the UK and will pilot the scheme in Georgia, Eastern Europe. Microschool International will be funded by the British Council and the pilot is presented in partnership with the Georgia National Film Center (GNFC) and Batumi International Art-house Film Festival (BIAFF).

BBC Radio 4, Front Row
Briony Hanson interviewed about the export of British culture to China -
“When a British Film does get shown in China it is received with open arms.”

BBC Radio 4, Front Row
British Council Director Film Briony Hanson reviews Beyond the Hills, the Romanian winner of the Cannes best screenplay award for Cristian Mungiu.

Moviescope Magazine
British Council Director Film Briony Hanson discusses gender inequality in the film industry on the eve of a London visit by 27 women filmmakers from across the Middle East.

BBC Radio 4, Front Row
British Council Director Film Briony Hanson reviews Terrence Malick's To The Wonder.

British Council Director Film Briony Hanson joins the Birds Eye View Festival board as a new Creative Director is appointed.

British Council is one of nine film organisations joining forces to create international film brand, We Are Film UK

Jan 2013
1883 Magazine 
The 10th London Short Film Festival goes from strength to strength…the Festival celebrated its closing night at the ICA, screening nine winning films to a full house including the British Council Best UK Short award, which went to Ekki Mukk by Nicholas Abrahams.

BBC Radio 4, Front Row
British Council Director Film Briony Hanson discusses traits in Danish national cinema with Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt. “My work at the British Council is all about supporting UK films and film-makers. I spend a lot of time trying to find a through-line for British film – is there a national ident? Oh to be Danish when you can basically sum up the whole national output in three words: domestic moral dilemma!"

Hollywood Reporter
UK Film Focus at the Rio Film Festival includes a gala screening of the BFI's recent Hitchcock restoration, with a newly commissioned score played live by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra's Youth Ensemble, screened on the Copacobana Beach.

British Council Film at the Toronto International Film Festival

BBC News Channel
Briony Hanson, Director of Film, on the Olympic Opening Ceremony. “My work at the British Council is about introducing us to the rest of the world, about building trust between people here and people everywhere else. I think to know us is to love us really. Danny Boyle has said very publicly that he wants to show that Britain is a contrary place, that we have a sense of humour, that we’re not what you think we are, and I think that’s what you’re going to get. And I think that’s better than a big fireworks display.”

Channel 4 News
Briony Hanson, Director of Film, on what the Olympic Opening Ceremony would say about Britain. "Danny Boyle said he wanted to show how contrary we are, and that we’ve got a sense of humour. We can laugh at ourselves. And yes we’ve got some flag-waving to do. It’s a 1 billion-people advert for us – for what we can do and what we could be.”

BBC Radio 4, Front Row

British Council Director Film Briony Hanson discusses EIFF opening film ‘Killer Joe’

Screen - New Shorts Support Launches
British Council Film launches new shorts support scheme in partnership with BFI

BBC Radio 4 Front Row

British Council Director Film Briony Hanson reviews an Indonesian thriller directed by a Welshman and a Latin American drama written by a Scot
(coverage begins at 14.45)

Screen – BFI unveils 5 year plan
Includes a strategic partnership with the British Council.

MOVIESCOPE - BFI Unveils Future Plans For UK Film
The BFI also hopes to bring together partners including The British Film Commission, BBC Worldwide, The British Council, Film Export UK and BAFTA to work collaboratively to ensure and strengthen the UK’s position in the global film market.

SCREEN DAILY Guadalajara launches with Mike Leigh presenting Another Year
Homage to the UK film industry backed by the British Council.

THE INDEPENDENT Britain enters a golden era of the short film
Briony Hanson, director of film at the British Council, said we are at a "watershed moment" when it comes to the proliferation of "perfect little vessels that tell a story in their own right". "We are looking at a golden era in Britain," she said. "Just over 20 per cent of shorts in the total Sundance [Film Festival] selection were UK-made in 2012, while last year, the figure was 6 per cent."

THE JAKARTA POST Fred Deakin A Serious Merrymaker
Interview Fred Deakin from Airside/Lemon Jelly, during his British Council trip to HelloFest in Indonesia.

SCREEN DAILY  Belinale Talent Campus Targets Tokyo
“More Brits than ever before have applied for the Talent Campus,” project manager Christine Troestrum said.

MILOSAO MAGAZINE Ian Haydn Smith for Dickens 2012 in Albania
Guest journalist, and Dickens expert, Ian Haydn Smith, visited Albania to put Nicholas Nickleby in context at venues across Tirana.

SCREEN DAILY Compulsion, Summit among winners at London Short Film Festival

SCREEN DAILY Robey, Massa, Thomas join British Council..

SCREEN DAILY British Council names Briony Hanson as Director Film

SCREEN DAILY The Gift Maker wins British Council....