It was another busy Berlinale for the Brits, with film screenings, market meetings and some time for celebration, too. 

  • Michaela Coel: UK's Shooting Star: We were thrilled that actress/writer Michaela Coel (whose credits include Chewing Gum, Black Mirror, and the forthcoming feature musical Been So Long), represented the UK as one of European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars in Berlin. 
  • UK Film Centre at the European Film Market: British Council was proud to be a partner in the UK Film Centre, stand 39 at the European Film Market’s Martin Gropius Bau. The stand was organised by Film Export UK and 2018 partners included the BFI, British Council, British Film Commission (BFC), Creative Scotland, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen. The We Are UK Film reception was be held on 16 February, by invitation only. Of course, sales activity was another crucial part of British activity in Berlin, as dozens of UK-based film sales companies will be selling the next wave of buzzy titles. 

UK filmmakers come to Berlin

British Council Film, working with the BFI, supported a number of shorts filmmakers to go to Berlin via our Short Film Travel Grant Fund.

"I was thrilled with the film screening event, which the British Council hosted as part of their Berlinale event series. Being able to see and hear from the experts themselves on how young filmmakers can achieve their projects, gave me completely new insights and was incredibly motivating!" Laura, journalist, 27

Georgia Oakley and Manon Ardisson pictured during a Q&A
We were particularly happy to have hosted two of the Berlinale Talents, Georgia Oakley and Manon Ardisson, for a specialist workshop followed by two film and discussion events, which gave the audience the chance to see their work on the big screen, ask questions and meet others in the business. ©

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The audience at a film screening
We had a packed theatre for a live Q&A and screening with Georgia and Manon. Both film-makers shared some hilarious stories on how their films came to be made, and the obstacles they overcame. “We had 20 days to raise 20k for ‘Little Bird’ - and succeeded” Georgia Oakley ©

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Workshop participants pictured during the Berlinale Film Festival 2018
At the #UKGermany2018 exclusive film workshop, Georgia and Manon shared their experiences on technical aspects of directing and producing with a rivetted group of aspiring film-makers. “You need as much space to shoot as you need for your crew and equipment” Manon Ardisson on choosing locations.  ©

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The UK films and co-productions selected for Berlinale 2018 were:

The UK films and co-productions selected for Berlinale 2018 are listed below.

Some of these films were selected after British Council welcomed three Berlinale programmers to London in November for our selector screenings programme


  • Isle of Dogs (Germany/UK), Wes Anderson
  • The Real Estate (Sweden/UK), Mans Mansson and Axel Petersen
  • Entebbe (US/UK), José Padilha

Berlinale Special Gala

  • The Bookshop (Spain/UK/Germany) Isabel Coixet
  • The Happy Prince (Germany/Belgium/Italy/UK) Rupert Everett
  • Songwriter (UK), Murray Cummings


  • Profile (US/UK/Cyprus) Timur Bekmambetov
  • Yardie (UK) Idris Elba
  • Shut Up and Play The Piano (Germany/France/UK), Philipp Jedicke
  • Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (US/UK/Sri Lanka) Steven Loveridge

Forum Expanded

  • Contra-Internet: Jubilee 2033 (USA/UK), Zach Blas
  • The Rare Event (Switzerland/France/UK), Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
  • Song For Europe (UK), John Smith

Berlinale Shorts

  • Circle (UK/India/Canada), Jayisha Patel

Generation Shorts

  • Fry-Up (UK), Charlotte Regan
  • Three Centimetres (UK), Lara Zeidan
  • Snow for Water, Christopher Villiers

Group Exhibition at Akademie Der Kunste Am Hanseatenweg

  • Bläue (Germany/UK) Kerstin Schroedinger
  • The Third Part of the Third Measure by (UK/UAE/USA) The Otolith Group

Berlinale Talents - supporting 22 UK talents headed to Berlin in 2018

British Council Film is a founding partner of Berlinale Talents and so we’re proud to have supported the 22 UK talents headed to Berlin in 2018:

  • Shalini Adnani, production designer/art director
  • Ahmed Al Daradji, director
  • Manon Ardisson, producer
  • Chiara Armentano, editor
  • Michal Babinec, cinematographer
  • Prano Bailey-Bond, director
  • Fiona Brands, editor
  • Grba Singh Marko, director
  • Rebecca Dale, compsoer
  • Enos Desjardins, sound designer
  • Grant Gulczynski, director
  • James Heath, producer
  • Laura Hypponen, director
  • Ella Jones-Keller, director
  • Charlie Lyne, director
  • Zadoc Nava, director
  • Georgia Oakley, director
  • Rebecca Peniston-Bird
  • Maria Pirkkalainen, distributor
  • Mihaela Popescu, director
  • Harry Silverlock, distributor

"It was a real pleasure to watch both the films, but the real highlight was the workshop on Thursday with Manon and Georgina. They were so insightful and really, really inspirational." - Liv Stroud