UK Film Industry Celebrated at TIFF

The prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) draws to a close this Sunday after ten days of premieres, events and panels. The festival provided the UK film industry with an opportunity to celebrate its ongoing success with a host of British films premiering and the British Film Commission (BFC) on hand to offer guidance on what the UK has to offer.

UK titles stand out

The Imitation Game (Black Bear Pictures) was among the UK-produced titles screened at TIFF. The WW2 thriller has received strong reviews, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance in the starring role already being touted as a potential Oscar-winner.

Filmed in various UK locations including London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and starring a largely British cast, the film demonstrates the wealth of talent available here. The production is also one of many to take advantage of the BFC’s expertise, having sought advice on the UK’s generous Film Tax Relief.

Other UK productions at TIFF included literary adaptation Miss Julie (Maipo Films), which premiered at the festival. The film, which was co-financed by Northern Ireland Screen, made use of Northern Ireland’s stunning landscapes shooting entirely on location at Castle Coole in County Fermanagh.

Period drama A Little Chaos (Lionsgate/BBC) also premiered at the festival. The film, directed by acclaimed actor Alan Rickman and benefiting from the stunning cinematography of Brit James Merifield, utilised English locations to double as 17th Century Versailles, illustrating the versatility of the UK.

Let’s celebrate

The success of these and other British titles were celebrated at the We Are UK Film reception hosted by the BFC and BFI at the Spoke Club on Monday, in partnership with the British Council, UKTI Toronto and Screen International.

The event was attended by a host of British talent, including the cast of upcoming drama Pride (Calamity Films), as well as international industry figures, providing an opportunity for networking alongside the celebrations.

Throughout TIFF the BFC has been on hand at the UK Film Center to offer guidance on the many benefits of bringing projects to the UK, advising potential clients on the tax reliefs, talent, infrastructure and locations. The British titles screening at the festival suggest they won’t have been short of things to talk about.