Creative Europe films longlisted for the British Independent Film Awards

From the twenty films longlisted for Best International Independent Film at the 2018 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), eight have been supported by Creative Europe.

This marks the first time BIFA have published the longlist in a bid to highlight the outstanding quality of the films in contention. 

  • 120 Battements Par Minute (BPM (Beats per Minute)  Robin Campillo's Cannes Grand Prix winning ensemble drama portrays a group of AIDS activists in the early-90s.It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was released earlier this year by Curzon Artificial Eye with Creative Europe support through the Selective Distribution scheme. 
  • Border (Gräns)  Ali Abbasi’s film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard programme, winning the section’s top prize. It tells the story of a border guard played by Eva Melander who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind. MUBI UK will be releasing the film with continued funding via Creative Europe's Selective Distribution scheme.
  • Cold War (Zimna wojna)  Pawel Pawlikowski has followed up his Oscar-winning Ida with Cold War, an epic, decades-sprawling romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Polish production company Opus Films received Slate funding in 2014 for the development of this film. The release of the film in the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Spain has also been supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme.
  • Dogman  The latest drama from Matteo Garrone features a Cannes award-winning performance from Marcello Fonte as a gentle dog groomer who finds himself in a dangerous relationship with a violent former boxer. Dogman was released in France with support from Creative Europe's Automatic Distribution scheme and is currently on release in the UK courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye with support from Creative Europe's Selective Distribution scheme. 
  • Girl  The debut film from Belgian director Lukas Dhont follows a young dancer assigned male at birth who must navigate the rigorous world of professional ballet. Girl  wont the Camera d'Or for Best First Feature and the Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and was most recently award Best First Feature at BFI's London Film Festival. The film will receive its UK release next year, with Curzon Artificial Eye receiving support through Creative Europe's Selective Distribution scheme. 
  • Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)  In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six year old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan countryside to live with her aunt and uncle, now her new legal guardians. Country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently, and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious. Spanish production company Inicia Films received Single Project funding to develop this film. Its release was also supported through Creative Europe's Sales Agent and Automatic Distribution schemes in Denmark, Greece and Poland. 
  • U - July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli)  Erik Poppe’s drama about the 2011 terror attack in Norway that killed 77 people was released in the UK by Modern Films Entertainment with Creative Europe funding through the Selective Distribution scheme. 
  • Western  Valeska Grisebach's third feature follows German construction workers as they begin a challenging new job in the Bulgarian countryside. The release of the film in the Czech Republic, Greece, Norway and Slovakia was supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme. 

Read the full list on the BIFA website