Skills fund contributors head to Cannes as part of BFI’s Great8 Showcase

Aftersun (c) BBC Film

Seven productions that contributed to ScreenSkills skills funds have been selected as part of the BFI’s Great8 showcase ahead of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Now in its fifth edition, the Great8 showcase selects new productions from emerging UK filmmakers to present to buyers and festival programmers in the run-up to the film-buying market at Cannes, with the aim of securing distribution deals in national and international markets.

Six of the titles selected – Aftersun, Birchanger Green, Blue Jean, A Gaza Weekend, Scrapper and Sweet Sue paid into the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund, with a further production, Kensuke’s Kingdom, contributing to the Animation Skills Fund.

Five of the titles selected had trainees on set from the Trainee Finder programme, ScreenSkills paid placement initiative for new entrants.

Films presented in previous iterations of the showcase include fellow fund contributors True Things, The Real Charlie Chaplin, Boxing Day, Lynn + Lucy, Wildfire, Beats, Beast and I Am Not a Witch.

Read more about the Film and Animation Skills Funds and find details on how to contribute.

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