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2011 Grierson winner, 'Sons Of Cuba'

Recently the success of documentary-style films in the cinema has sparked greater interest in the medium from filmmakers around the globe - British Council Film works to promote UK doc filmmakers to find international audiences and new partners.

For a long time seen as the preserve of the small screen docs now have an international audience. The challenge for the UK is to take advantage of this renewed interest and demonstrate its considerable experience and expertise in the field.

British Council Film promotes UK documentary makers through a number of partner relationships, particularly via The Grierson Awards. Established in 1972 to commend the best in British film and television documentary, the awards are given to outstanding productions with social or cultural significance. Members of the British Council Film team take part in the Jury for the Grierson Awards each year, and subsequently we make a selection of Grierson nominees and winners available to international partners at festivals, cultural centres and British Council partners in a Touring Programme.

We also take an active role in the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, a public film festival and industry conference which celebrates the best in factual film and television. Our focus is on enabling cultural exchange; in 2011 this saw us supporting four talented emerging Afghan Documentary filmmakers to attend the event, while in 2012 we were able to support 35 documentarists from across the globe to attend the Festival as part of a large international delegation.