The breadth of British film talent – both in front and behind the camera – is exemplified in our annual selection of the best of new British cinema, which features a remarkably strong and provocative selection of films from around the country. New films from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland are combined to explore a variety of styles and genres. They are also united in their determination to tell new stories in a variety of filmic styles. During last year’s film festival the referendum on leaving the European Union was held, and many of the films here reflect the UK’s relationship with Europe. We are proud to be opening and closing with remarkable new British films, and in between these bookend events, audiences will be able to see a great variety of new filmmaking talent making their festival debut. As usual, new films from Scotland play a vital part in our selection, with great Scottish locations featuring prominently in several titles. Films in consideration for the prestigious Michael Powell award will be selected from this section.

View all films in the Best of British strand here.