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Screen's UK Stars of Tomorrow meet the international industry

Screen UK Stars of Tomorrow line up to face the international industry

October 2014 | London Film Festival

As a highlight of the London Film Festival, which came to a close earlier this week, we spent a busy evening introducing the next generation of British filmmakers and screen acting talent to the international industry, as part of a special event in partnership with Screen International.

Presented as part of the BFI London Film Festival (which has just closed after another hugely successful edition) the event celebrated some of the most exciting up-and-coming names in UK cinema and screen, profiling the best new actors, directors, producers and heads of department.

Screen Stars of Tomorrow 2014 showcases a range of already successful industry names including actor Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac, Everest), Olivier Award-winning Scottish actor Jack Lowden, and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams. New names to watch are Hammersmith-born former Burberry model, Callum Turner, who recently landed the lead role in John Boorman’s Cannes premiere Queen and Country, and actor/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose script for award-winning one-woman play Fleabag has just been snapped up for screen adaptation by the BBC, and who will soon be seen in the highly anticipated seconmd series of ITV's Broadchurch.

With past years’ Stars alumni including household names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Robert Pattinson, the rising talents recognised in this year’s Screen Stars of Tomorrow event will certainly be the names to watch in 2015 and beyond.

As we introduced the Stars to guests from across the international film industry, including festival curators, agents, producers and casting agents, a select group of profile UK guests including director Michael Winterbottom and King's Speech producer Gareth Unwin, also joined in the table-hopping in order to share their international experiences. We grabbed some of the guests and the Stars themselves on the night to find out what the accolade means for their careers and for the wider industry.

This is the first time that Screen Stars of Tomorrow has been presented at London Film Festival and is a new partnership between British Council's Film team, together with the Casting Society of America (CSA), in association with We Are UK Film.

‘Connecting the brightest and best filmmakers, both established and up-and-coming, to international audiences and counterparts is absolutely at the heart of what we do at British Council Film. We are thrilled to be partnering on this event, which gives the UK Stars of Tomorrow a focused opportunity to meet and greet key players from the international film industry.’
Briony Hanson, Director of Film, British Council

‘We see this as an opportunity to share insights on our craft; all of which relies on the talent of outstanding actors like those who are being recognised.’
Matthew Lessall, vice president of the CSA

‘We are thrilled to be embarking on this new partnership with Screen International and British Council on an initiative that will provide concrete opportunities for the UK Stars of Tomorrow to expand their networks and engage with international industry attending the BFI London Film Festival.’
Clare Stewart, LFF Festival Director