'The Edit' - European Cultural Influencers on Film

British Film Institute

Distribution: Online



Total project grant (euros)



Creative Europe



Funding scheme

Distribution: Online

Call number


Call publication date

25 Nov 2016

Application deadline

6 Apr 2017

Result publication date

17 Aug 2017

The British Film Institute (BFI) is a film and charitable organisation which promotes and preserves filmmaking and television in the United Kingdom.

They received Creative Europe support for The Edit - European Cultural Influencers on Film. The project aims to broaden the audience for European film on BFI Player by working with a different European creative opinion-leader each month who will discuss how European film has inspired their work. This will be used on social channels to drive audiences to BFI Player where their full playlist, ‘The Edit’ will be available to access.


The BFI launched The Cut (previously The Edit ) in January 2018. 

A new short will arrive on BFI Player every month from January through to September 2018, with each artist revealing the independent films from around the world that they love.

Episode 1

The series kicks off with British designer Es Devlin, one of the world’s leading stage and set designers, who reveals her love for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindNymphomaniac and Jean Cocteau’s classic fantasy Orphée.

Episode 2

In the second edition of The Cut, Professor Brian Cox talks about the films that matter to him most, including The Man Who Fell To Earth,The Day The Earth Caught Fire and Local Hero.

Episode 3

Acting, rap and comedy renaissance man Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown) talk about the films that have inspired him and made him think including Brewster's Millions, Locke, The Selfish Giant.

Episode 4

Renowned architect Richard Rogers tells us about the films that have inspired him and his work including Rome, Open City, The Battle of Algiers and The Third Man

Episode 5

Acclaimed fashion designer Bella Freud talks us through the films that resonate with her, including Belle de Jour, Five Broken Cameras and La Belle et la Bete

Episode 6

Award-winning artist and photographer Juno Calypso unveils the films she loves and how they have influenced her including The Lobster, Rita Due and Bob Too and The Arbor

Episode 7

Mercury Prize-nominated musician Loyle Carner reveals four compelling films that have inspired including Pulp Fiction, Bend it Like Beckham and East is East. 

Episode 8

Influential broadcaster Gilles Peterson chooses four sonically driven films including Paterson, All Night Long, Dread Beat and Blood, and Searching for Sugarman.

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