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The Curse (Fyzal Boulifa) gets its premiere in Cannes

May 2012

We're delighted to be heading to Cannes later this week, partnering the UK Film Centre - one of the busiest pavilions in the International Village, and just a few steps from the Palais des Festivals

The UK Film Centre will be a hub for the UK and international film community at Cannes, providing information on UK films, organisations and delegates. It will be hosting a busy events programme with filmmaker and talent interviews, panel discussions on key industry trends and developments, pitching panels, workshops, one-to-one business surgeries, exclusive events and screenings.

It’s the perfect place to network, and we’ve chosen it as the location to celebrate emerging talent at Cannes with a special event on the afternoon of Monday 21 May.  Later that day we’ll also be launching a brand new Shorts Support Scheme there, with news of Travel Grants and support to emerging filmmakers looking to get their worked screened on the international festival circuit.  If you can’t be in Cannes yourself to hear our news, we’ll be posting full details here once the festival draws to a close.

British Council Film has a tradition of working with the Cannes festival organisers to help get UK films on to the Croisette – this year for the first time we worked with all three sections: Main Competition, Director’s Fortnight and Critic’s Week – to provide selector screenings of UK films here in London in partnership with BFI Southbank. 

UK titles that have made it into the programme to be unveiled over the next two weeks include Sightseers, Ben Wheatley's follow-up to the acclaimed Kill List, showing as part of Director's Fortnight, and Fyzal Boulifa's short film The Curse.  British theatre director Rufus Norris's debut Broken will open Critics' Week, while Ken Loach, winner of the Palme d'Or in 2006, returns again to the Festival with The Angels' Share, a Scottish-set whisky-heist comedy. Candida Brady's feature documentary Trashed is given a special screening, and Timothy Reckart's stop-motion film Head over Heels - his National Film and Television School graduation film - is showing as part of the Cinefondation section.