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Berlinale Film Festival

  • Christoph Fisser (Studio Babelsberg), Andrea Riseborough (UK), Florian Gallenberger (Germany) at Gala Ceremony

Christoph Fisser (Studio Babelsberg), Andrea Riseborough (UK), Florian Gallenberger (Germany) © Markus Nass

10-20 February 2011 | Berlin

The British Council’s presence at the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) focuses squarely on bringing new work to new audiences.

As part of our remit to promote contemporary and innovative UK film to audiences around the world, we help the festival to identify new UK films for their programmes. The British Council Film Team is involved in various events which help to make our presence felt throughout the festival.

Shooting Stars - Each year, the European Film Promotion (EFP) presents young, up-and-coming European actors and actresses to the international film community. The event has established itself as one of the most recognisable and influential promotional activities taking place at the festival. The British Council (the UK's EFP member organisation) selects the UK participant.

This year, Andrea Riseborough was chosen for her work on three very recent films; ‘Brighton Rock’, ‘Made in Dagenham’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’. She follows in the footsteps of recent Shooting Stars Edward Hogg (2010), and multi-award winning Carey Mulligan (2009).

‘Shooting Stars is a truly unique experience in that it is a platform on which young peers of the European film community meet. There was a huge sense of pride, not least individually but as a group. And a real sense of excitement to be stepping out together.Shooting Star 2011, Andrea Riseborough.

You can read more about Shooting Stars on

Talent Campus – This year the British Council was the official UK partner of the Talent Campus at Berlin; a six-day creative summit for up-and-coming film practitioners from around the world. Out of over 4000 applicants for the 350 places, 42 were given to British filmmakers. The British Council’s support to Talent Campus includes providing travel grants for British Talents to attend. In addition, this year for the first time the British Council is supporting the participation of UK experts delivering master classes, workshops and debates.

Through our short film scheme were also able to provide short filmmakers Martina Amati (‘Chalk’) and Hong Khaou (‘Spring’) in official selection, with travel grants to attend the festival.