UK Film Council celebrates British films at Cannes Film Festival


MUMBAI: The UK industry celebrates this year’s Cannes Film Festival with four feature films and three UK short films selected for screening in the official sections of the festival, and a further 190 British films being sold in the market.

Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank  and Jane Campion’s Bright Star (both Lottery supported by the UK Film Council’s New Cinema and Development funds) and Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric will all screen In Competition. Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus will screen Out of Competition.

Fish Tank is writer/director Andrea Arnold’s second feature film. Her debut film Red Road, the first project in the Advanced Party trilogy and also co-funded by the New Cinema Fund, won the Cannes Prix du Jury.

Also screening are two British New Cinema Fund Lottery-funded short films, Emma Sullivan’s After Tomorrow (In Competition) and Eicke Bettinga’s Together (International Critics’ Week).   Another British short film, By the Grace of God by Ralitza Petrova from the National Film and Television School, is screening in the Cinéfondation section.

The place for anyone in Cannes seeking information on British films at Cannes, filmmakers, distributors, sales companies, etc, during the festival, is the UK Film Centre, open from 13 – 23 May.