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Cannes 2015: The Brits are coming!

UK talent on show in Todd Haynes' Carol

May 2015

The Cannes Film Festival kicked off last night and there are plenty of British projects to celebrate.

UK films and co-productions in Competition include The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos; Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender; and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth with Michael Caine. British director Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is in the Midnight Screenings line-up and documentary Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans has been selected for Cannes Classics. British shorts Love Is Blind by Dan Hodgson and Patriot by Eva Riley have been selected in the Short Film Competition, and MANoMAN by Simon Cartwright of the National Film and Television School will screen in the Cinefondation selection. Rate Me by Fyzal Boulifa has been selected to screen in Directors' Fortnight.

New British titles being sold in the 'Marche' - Cannes' Market - include Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Andy Serkis’ Animal Farm 3D, Richard Bracewell’s Bill, Chanya Button’s Burn Burn Burn, Charles Barker’s The Call Up, Peter Travis’ City of Tiny Lights, Andrew Steggall’s Departure, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already, and Susanna White’s Our Kind of Traitor, among dozens of others.

And of course, the British Council Film team is headed to the Croisette too.

Briony Hanson, Will Massa and Wendy Mitchell from the team will be in Cannes taking meetings and participating in a number of talks and activities, as well as being part of the ‘Connect With An Expert’ session at the UK Film Centre on Monday (sign up here).

As part of the UK Film family (a grouping of key organisations represented at all the major film markets and festivals), we'll be taking an active role in the UK Film Centre events programme. Briony will host a Talent Talk with the UK/US team behind Todd Haynes’ Carol at 13:45 on Saturday at the UK Film Centre.

On Saturday at 17:30, Briony will host a second panel where a group of top international festival selectors will advise filmmakers how to choose the right film festival. Speakers will include Piers Handling who heads Toronto, John Cooper for Sundance, Thomas Hailer from the Berlinale and Ivana Novotna from Karlovy Vary. We'll also be  spending time introducing the key UK talent with upcoming projects for the 2015/16 season to the international Film Festival world.

Wendy Mitchell will be on hand to host a UK Film Centre talk about John Crowley’s Brooklyn on Sunday at 15:30 and will also moderate Cannes Marche Doc Corner talks on Saturday and Monday.

The joint BFI/British Council Short Support Travel Grants Scheme is supporting the filmmakers from Patriot, MANoMAN and Rate Me to attend the festival. Read Rate Me director Fyzal Boulifa’s hilarious Spotlight interview here.

We also have our shiny new UK Film catalogue available in Cannes detailing all the UK films and UK film talent on show in the official selection, plus, an added bonus for festival selectors looking to fiind out more about the current UK films on the international festival circuit as well as a taster of those coming their way over the next year. Stop by the UK Film Centre to pick up a copy or you can download the pdf by clicking on the link to the right here.

For full information about the UK in Cannes including the actiivities at he UK Film Centre in Cannes which will be webcast as the Festival progresses, click here.