Outlaw King

Creative Europe at BFI London Film Festival 2018

The BFI London Film Festival returns in October showcasing 225 feature films from 75 countries.

Among the line-up are over 20 features that have received support from Creative Europe, with three in competition and many with UK involvement.

UK films with Creative Europe support include:

  • Scottish production company Sigma Films received Slate Funding through the previous MEDIA programme for the development of Outlaw King, David Mackenzie’s gutsy historical drama which brings underdog Robert the Bruce thrillingly to life.
  • Number 9 Films received Slate Funding in 2015 to support the development of Colette, a biographical drama based on the life of a French novelist staring Keira Knightley.
  • The Freedom Fields, a coproduction between Libya, UK, Netherlands, USA, Lebanon, Qatar and Canada, received support through IDFA Bertha Fund, one of the five international co-production funds supported by Creative Europe.
  • Richard Billingham’s autobiographical drama Ray & Liz received distribution support through Creative Europe for its release in Germany.
  • Scarlet Films received Single Project funding €50,000 towards the development of The Favourite under a previous MEDIA programme in 2003. Yorgos Lanthimos' historical drama will receive its UK premiere as part of the LFF American Express Gala. 

Other MEDIA-supported films in the 2018 programme include:

  • Bergman – A Year in the Life (Sweden)
  • Birds of Passage (Colombia)
  • Border (Sweden)
  • Daughter of Mine (Italy/ Germany/ Switzerland)
  • Dilili in Paris (France/ Belgium/ Germany)
  • The Day I Lost My Shadow (Syria/ Lebanon/ France/ Qatar)
  • Dear Son (Tunisia/ Belgium/ France/ Qatar)
  • Dogman (Italy)
  • Donbass (Germany/ Ukraine/ France/ Netherland/ Romania)
  • Girls of the Sun (France)
  • Gordon & Paddy (Sweden)
  • Happy as Lazarro (Italy)
  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Spain/ France/ Belgium/ Portugal)
  • Sunset (Hungary/France)
  • Touch Me Not (Romania/ Germany/ Czech Republic/ Bulgaria/ France)
  • Utoya – July 22 (Norway)
  • Woman at War (Iceland/ France/ Ukraine)

European Art Cinema Day at LFF

European Art Cinema Day (EACD) returns this autumn for a third time, with cinemas across the world set to celebrate with special programmes of previews, children’s films and historical classics on 14 October. 

As part of this year’s celebrations, the BFI London Film Festival has teamed up with Curzon to present the UK premiere of Matteo Garrone’s Cannes title Dogman. Garrone and lead actor Marcello Fonte will take part in a Q&A at the LFF premiere which will also be screened live at approximately 40 cinemas UK-wide, including many in the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).

What to look out for in the industry programme? 

If you are attending LFF as an industry delegate, keep your eyes peeled for two European-focused events on 17 October. 

Creative Europe Desk UK is hosting a panel session which will explore some of the motivations, benefits and challenges behind putting a co-production together and how the UK might create a more attractive environment for co-production in a post-Brexit world.

Earlier in the day, the BFI is hosting a session dedicated to Brexit and its likely impact on the UK screen sectors. 

Image: Scottish production company Sigma Films received Slate Funding through the previous MEDIA programme for the development of Outlaw King which screens as part of the LFF 2018 line-up.