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British Council Teams up with FILMCLUB

Stanley Pickle (Vicky Mather, UK 2010)

  • Inanimate (Micheal O'Donogue, Soulla Josephides)

March 2013

We're delighted to be partnering with innovative schools organisation FILMCLUB to bring the best UK Short Films to school children in the UK and around the world for the first time

As a result of a new partnership between education charity FILMCLUB, which helps UK schools to run film clubs enriching young people’s lives through regular access to quality film, and British Council's Film team, 14 British short films are being made available to school children across the globe in a bid to engage young people with the best of up and coming British filmmaking.

Two compilations, each containing a selection of UK short film gems from the last five years that are suitable for either primary or secondary viewers, have been jointly curated in order to showcase some of the best child-friendly short films from across the UK including animation, live action and documentary.  FILMCLUB will offer the films free to the 7,000 schools enrolled in its scheme and British Council will tour the programme internationally through its network of offices in 110 countries worldwide.  The new partnership also offers emerging filmmakers another much valued audience base outside of the traditional film festivals circuit as well as helping to inspire the next generation of cinema goers to be open to the diverse range of films on offer to them at any given time.

Films in the programmes, which include the Oscar-nominated This Way Up and BAFTA Cymru award-winner Elephants, are split into Primary and Secondary school categories and designed to appeal to and engage young people through imaginative short films. The collections are accompanied by teaching resources supplied by FILMCLUB to assist teachers to host discussions around each of the short films and encourage young people to write a review of each short.

Launched in 2008 by educationalist Lindsay Mackie and filmmaker Beeban Kidron, FILMCLUB now operates in 7,000 schools across the UK, where it provides free access to a curated catalogue of films from across the world and over 100 years of cinema to over 220,00 members. Through weekly screenings, online reviewing, industry events and hands-on support the charity inspires young people to develop a keen interest in the medium of film and promotes learning in an informal setting while encouraging critical engagement from young people, with proven educational and social benefits.

To find out further information about our British Shorts Programme or see how your school can join FILMCLUB visit

And Film Club members have been busy meeting some of our short filmmakers...

See their interview with A Morning Stroll filmmakers Grant Orchard and Anna Kubrick here.

See their interview with Stanley Pickle animator Vicky Mather here.

See their interview with Elephants director Sally Pearce here.