British Council celebrates 10 years of support for new talent

February 28, 2017 11:59 am

The Berlinale Talent Campus is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this month. By the time it finishes on 16 February, over 450 emerging UK film ‘talents’ (some now very much established) will have passed through its doors in the decade since 2003.

A six day creative summit for up-and-coming filmmakers during the Berlin International Film Festival, the Campus is a major fixture in the festival calendar. Truly international in scope, not only are participants and industry experts invited to attend from all over the world, but there are now off-shoot Talent Campus events run annually in Guadalajara, Buenos Aires, Sarajevo, Durban and Tokyo.

British Council Film is enormously proud to be a founding supporter of the Campus and continues to contribute funding to enable the Campus to subsidise the UK participants’ travel and accommodation costs. The list of Campus alumni is extraordinary, and includes filmmakers have gone on to become part of the UK film industry establishment. They include:

Daniel Elliot – Berlin & Venice winning short film director
Alicia Duffy – BAFTA / Cannes nominee; TCM winning director
Adrian Sturges – producer of The Escapist, The Disappearence of Alice Creed, and Albatross
Clio Barnard – dir. The Arbor
Alexis Dos Santos – dir. Unmade Beds, Glue, and 2012 Sundance short Random Acts
Jes Benstock – dir. The British Guide To Showing Off
Matt Wilkinson – former Development Exec. at Working Title Films and now producer at Stigma Films who have a first look deal at Pathé UK
Camilla Bray – producer at Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films
Anna Higgs – Commissioning Executive at Film 4.0
Charlotte Walls – Producer at Matador Pictures
Amanda Boyle – dir. on Skins and Misfits and a Screen International 2005 Star of Tomorrow)

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