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BAFTA Shorts & Grierson Docs go international

  • Chalk by Martina Amati - in the BAFTA shorts programme

Martina Amati's Chalk - part of the BAFTA shorts programme

April 2012

Partnerships with BAFTA and the Grierson Trust take prize-winning British films to new global audiences

We're delighted to be partnering BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and the Grierson Trust on two new non-theatric touring packages of films, including some of the year’s best British documentaries, shorts and animation. Working with British Council offices worldwide, we aim to bring the films - and filmmakers - to new international audiences.

BAFTA and British Council Film share a commitment to nurturing the diversity and talent demonstrated by short filmmakers and animators. The BAFTA 2012 Shorts programme includes all the films nominated in the Best Short (Live Action) and Best Short (Animation) categories, including the winning titles Pitch Black Heist by John Maclean (Live Action), and A Morning Stroll (Animation) by Grant Orchard – which was also nominated for an Oscar.

The Grierson Trust – named to commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary maker John Grierson - organises and collaborates in activities to stimulate discussion about the nature of documentary and its role in popular culture. As well as a programme of lectures, workshops and masterclasses, the Trust organises the annual Grierson British Documentary Awards, recognising excellence in documentary filmmaking.

We have now made 37 films by UK filmmakers available, from across the Grierson 2011 categories. They will be screened around the world, often with accompanying lectures, workshops and masterclasses, to stimulate discussion and entertain audiences around the world.  The films include Stevan Riley's Fire in Babylon, winner of Best Historical Documentary, and Clio Barnard's The Arbor, winner of Best Cinema Documentary.