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UK FILMS AT Autumn Film Festivals

September saw life starting to return to a form of normality with in-person and hybrid events taking place at Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals. Not only was it great to see so many UK films shortlisted, but even better to some winners too.

UK films at the Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival kicked off the month, running from the 1st to the 11th September and featured 8 films from the UK. Director, Maggie Gyllenhall, took home the award for best screenplay for her film The Lost Daughter and the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Work went to Goliath: Playing with Reality. You can check out the full list of UK entries below.

True Things, directed by Harry Wootliff

The Card Counter, directed by Paul Schrader

The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal

Spencer, directed by Pablo Larrain

Last Night in Soho, directed by Edgar Wright

The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott

Becoming Led Zeppelin, directed by Bernard MacMahon

Goliath: Playing with Reality, directed by May Abdalla and Barry Gene

The second edition of the Venice Architecture Film Festival also kicked off on the 1st of September and ran until the 5th. Whilst there were no UK entries, you can find a full list of the 20 films that were shortlisted for this year’s Communities competition here.

UK films at the Toronto International Film Festival

Crossing over with Venice, the Toronto International Film Festival took place from the 9th to the 18th September. Not only were there over 20 UK entries shortlisted, including 5 shorts, but the People’s Choice Award was given to Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast which puts it in the running as a contender for the 2022 Oscars. Check out the list of UK entries

A Banquet, directed by Ruth Paxton

Benediction, directed by Terence Davies

Mothering Sunday, directed by Eva Husson

Ali & Ava, directed by Clio Barnard

Encounter, directed by Michael Pearce

Silent Night, directed by Camille Griffin

Belfast, directed by Kenneth Branagh

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, directed by Will Sharpe

Last Night in Soho, directed by Edgar Wright

The Forgiven, directed by John McDonagh

Earwig, directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Nobody Has to Know, directed by Bouli Lanners

True Things, directed by Harry Wootliff

Three Minutes: A Lengthening, directed by Bianca Stigter

The Rescue, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Dashcam, directed by Rob Savage

Spencer, directed by Pablo Larrain

UK Short Film Entries

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be, directed by Adeyemi Michael

Hanging On, directed by Alfie Barker

Soft Animals, directed by Renee Zhan

A Few Miles South, directed by Ben Pearce

Bhai, directed by Hamza Bangash

Egungun, directed by Olive Nwosu

You can find the full line up of the Short Cuts programme by clicking here.

UK films at the San Sebastian festival

Drawing the month’s events to a close, San Sebastian had just a couple of UK entries with Earwig picking up the Special Jury Prize. Find out more about these UK entries by clicking the links below.

Earwig, directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Benediction, directed by Terence Davies

London’s October Film Festivals

Check out award-winning films and others at the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival taking place from October 6th to 17th with a mix of paid and free events - check the official website for all the details and screening times.

As usual the BFI London Film Festival features a selection of outstanding short films, which you can find out more about here or watch for free on the BFI Player for the duration of the festival.

A strong showing of UK shorts are also available in the short film showcase Your UK or Mine? with a running theme of community, love and personal acceptance in a bid to understand the identity of contemporary Britain. You can watch the trailers for some of the available films in this line-up below.

Precious Hair & Beauty, directed by John Ogunmuyiwa

Joy, directed by Alexandra Brodski

Femme, directed by Sam H Freeman & Ng Joon Ping

For Love, directed by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor

Also, don’t miss one of the top genre film festivals worldwide, Fright Fest. The Halloween special returns later this month with 4 UK premieres. You can find out more and book tickets by clicking the links below.


We’re keen to hear your reviews of these British films, and if you can make it to one of this month’s festivals, we might see you there! Drop your comments below and if we’ve missed any events let us know.

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