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Film and Chips in Serbia

  • Departure is one of 11 hot British features screening in Belgrade and Novi Sad.

January 2016

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.

Films to screen are festival hits and audience favourites: Listen To Me Marlon, Urban Hymn, Couple In A HoleKill Your Friends, A Royal Night Out, Slow West, Departure (with director Andrew Steggall attending), London Road, Dark Horse, High Rise, and Blur: New World Towers.

In addition to the screenings an impressive industry programme supported by the GREAT Britain Campaign is planned for film professionals, organised in partnership with the Serbian Film Commission and the National Film Archive of Republic Serbia. Topics include the application of new technologies in film production, distribution and exhibition.

High-profile guests attending the festival include Mike McGee, co-founder of VFX powerhouse Framestore (of Gravity fame) with an opening talk about ‘The future of storytelling: Thinking bigger, taking risks.’ Framestore will also host a recruitment session.

Other talks include Simon Wilkinson of CIRCA69 speaking about virtual reality and giving a demo of his latest project, The Cube; Oliver Fegan of USHERU.COM and Aleksandra Garić of Cineplexx speaking about understanding cinema audiences; Isabelle Fauchet of the Event Cinema Association, Chris Bretnall of Creative Broadcast Solutions and Peter Byram of Langdale Services speaking about trends in event cinema and digital content delivery, and Kristijan Danilovski and Milivoj Gjorgjevik of fx3x and
 Petar Jovović of Crater Studio speaking about VFX talents in the Western Balkans.

The festival will welcome film professionals from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Israel, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Bosnia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Albania, as well as our own Christine Bardsley from British Council Film team.

Other partners for the festival are the British Embassy in Belgrade and Serbian Broadcasting Corporation RTS.

The film programme is online at British Council Serbia.