It's back – #Fivefilms4Freedom is an amazing online LGBT film festival with a difference. Five films, chosen from the BFI Flare Festival – London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Film Festival – are NOW available online for free for the entire festival period (16-27 March 2016) able to be seen online by viewers across the world. We invite everyone everywhere to watch one of the films now in solidarity with those who can't.
In March 2016 as part of Five Films 4 Freed, we unveiled our first Global List of 33 inspiring people from around the world promoting freedom, equality and LGBT rights every day.
The British Council kicked off our new Wide Angles: Docs and Debates series in partnership with Picturehouse Central on March 9 with a screening of Zanbo Zhang’s The Road followed by a lively discussion about the impact of rapid industrial growth in modern China. Wendy Mitchell reports on the discussion.
Our 'Shakespeare Lives in Film' tour, which will reach more than 100 countries this year, has a busy month of screenings and events across the globe in March.
We're excited to announce a new documentary screening strand designed to showcase outstanding documentaries from around the world that inspire conversation about global issues.
Wendy Mitchell reports on highlights from the first day of our Film, Archive & Music Lab, including a case study of Paul Kelly and Saint Etienne’s How We Used To Live and a discussion between film and music experts.
On the eve of our Film, Archive and Music Lab (FAMLAB) week, we asked journalist, academic and curator Ian Haydn Smith to write about the important interplay between film and music.
It’s another busy Berlinale for the Brits, from films in the official selection, tributes to David Bowie and Alan Rickman, sales titles at the European Film Market, and a delegation to Berlin Talents. Read more here and download the UK Films at Berlin catalogue.
As Clermont-Ferrand, the world's largest short film festival, gets underway this week we launch the first in a series of articles exploring the strengths of different kinds of filmmaking in the UK. BFI Archive Curator Dylan Cave kicks off with this look at the UK's short filmmaking expertise, past and present.
We're delighted to announce the appointment of two new Film Programme Managers here at British Council's Film department.
In 2013 we worked with film education organisation Into Film to take their workshop model to Cuba. Building on the success of that programme we’ve just completed the first stage of a rollout, this time in Venezuela. Senior Programme Manager Will Massa reflects on the latest edition of the Cámara Chica initiative.
We're kicking off our most ambitious film programme ever - Shakespeare Lives on Film - which will reach audiences in 110 countries this year.
A hot crop of new British films has been selected for Sundance (Jan 21-31) and International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 27-Feb 7).
The British Council is organising the second-annual British film festival in Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia. The “Film and Chips” festival runs 21-24 January at Belgrade Youth Centre and Arena Cineplex in Novi Sad with a diverse selection of the hottest recent British films.
British Council is again thrilled to be a partner of Berlinale Talents, the annual summit and networking platform of the Berlinale for 300 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series.