EIFF and the British Council - McLaren Award Partnership

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has today announced a new partnership with the British Council to select films from within EIFF’s McLaren Award programming strand for an international touring programme representing some of the very best contemporary British Animation. The package of outstanding British animation films will be available via the British Council for International non-theatrical screenings to showcase Britain's animation talent abroad.

EIFF’s McLaren Award for Best British Animation is the longest serving award that recognises the best UK Animation Talent, having presented its first Award to Sue Loughlin for her NFTS Graduate Film GRAND NATIONAL in 1990. Other recipients include Tim Webb, Phil Molloy, Peter Peake, Neville Astley, Ruth Lingford, Suzie Templeton, Run Wrake and Will Anderson. The 25th McLaren Award will be presented in 2014, a year which also marks the Centenary of the Scottish born film maker Norman McLaren, after whom the Award is named.

Commenting on this announcement, EIFF's Animation Programmer Iain Gardner said: "Since 1990 the McLaren Award at EIFF has showcased the very best of British Animation to both UK and international visitors. This partnership with the British Council will mean that a selection of recent films from the EIFF programme will now represent Britain internationally via the British Council, which will allow people in other countries to see the breadth and depth of Animation talent that the UK possesses."

The McLaren Award package is one of several touring programmes that British Council has developed with partners (including BAFTA, the Grierson Awards, First Light, Film Club, Channel 4) to profile the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world.

Briony Hanson, British Council’s Director of Film said, "The UK has an international reputation for the creativity and skill of its animators, and this package provides the strongest evidence of this. We’re delighted to make this programme available to new international audiences worldwide and to further cement our relationship with EIFF."

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British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. It is a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It has 7000 staff in over 100 countries working with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year through English, arts, education and society programmes. Its Film department – part of a wider Arts Group - is the link between UK films and filmmakers and new international audiences working to profile the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world, and finding opportunities for creative exchange between UK filmmakers and international counterparts.

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