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Round Up! British Council Film's summer

  • Ken Loach's The Angel's Share

Ken Loach's The Angel's Share - selected for Busan International Film Festival

July-September 2012

British Council Film's team and colleagues have been busy around the world on a range of very different projects this summer. Here's news of just some of them.

As the ink dries on the new co-production Treaty between the UK and the Palestinian Territories, our Film Adviser Rachel Robey visited Ramallah, together with Dan Films' producer, Julie Baines, to stage a highly successful workshop for Palestinian producers looking to explore production links with the UK.

Meanwhile, in Croatia, Film Adviser Will Massa visited the Motovun Film Festival, where British Council supported a Terence Davies retrospective and visit, and staged a session as part of the Independent Cinema Office’s Developing Your Film Festival five-day workshop - attended by representatives of over 30 festivals from 13 countries, again with British Council support.

As the international film festival calendar hots up, BC Film, in partnership with the BFI, welcomed programming teams to London this summer to search for UK titles for inclusion in the new-look Rome Fiilm Festival and Busan (Korea) film festival.  In the Autumn, we’re looking forward to screening of some of the very best British films for the teams from Sundance, Berlin, Sofia, Rotterdam and Goteborg. And of course this week in Canada, the fruits of a previous programme selector visit to us are on show as a staggering 30+ UK films make their debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.  8 of the teams responsible for those films - including Michael Winterbottom's Everyday, Neil Jordan's Byzantium, and Julian Temple's London: The Modern Babylon, will be heading to Toronto with help from BC Film via the European Film Promotion Film Sales Support scheme.

Back in London we were delighted to see a selection of films from the British Council Film Collection playing outdoors on the big screen as part of the Canary Wharf Summer Screen programme. Fascinated crowds of City workers braved a mix of summer weather to see views of London in the 1940's with screenings of London 1942, Piccadilly Roundabout and others and found particular resonance watching 1940's commuters getting to their desks in City Bound.

At the end of the summer we worked with colleagues in British Council Vietnam to organise London Calling – a UK Film Festival that takes inspiration from London 2012 with a programme of London-themed films from Yellow Submarine to The Queen, which screened in five cities.

in partnership with Channel 4's arts team, we programmed 21 films from the 3 minute film strand, Random Acts, for exhibition in Russia as part of Summertime's Open Air Film Festival at the Strelka Institute. C4's  Ravi Amaratunga, took part in a UK/Russian panel exploring 'The Place of a Video Artist in a Contemprary Media Space' alongside Brit Visual Artist David Wilson who also played a live VJ set.

Finally after a successful outcome from our first workshop programme in Libya early in the summer (when one of the films from ‘Tripoli Stories' – 'Graffiti' by Ibrahim El Mayet and Anas El Gomati – was selected to premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June), we're heading back to the country later this month for a followup visit. This time workshop leaders from the Scottish Documentary Institute will deliver a documentary workshop programme, ‘Benghazi Stories’.