Thursday 24 December 2020 - 12:00 to Sunday 10 January 2021 - 21:00

The 21st New British Film Festival, organised by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow in partnership with CoolConnections art association, will take place from 24 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.

This year the festival will be delivered online for the first time in its history. The best premieres and selected festival award-winning films can be watched from home.

The programme of films includes a special tribute to Dominic Dromgoole, whose theatre works were shown to Russian audiences through Theatre HD. At the festival we will show his film production works, Pond Life, Benjamin and Undercliffe, as well as his directing debut, Making Noise Quietly.

British films are well-known for their sincere and persuasive depictions of human relationships. Good examples are romantic comedies Perfect Ten and Make up, the epic drama Pink Wall, the dramedy Wild Honey Pie and a cheerful comedy Swimming with Men.

The dark gothic side of British films is demonstrated by Jonathan Glazer’s short film The Fall. An impressive example of a social manifesto is For Sama – named as one of the most significant documentaries of the decade. Special attention in the festival programme this year is being paid to art documentaries. These are McKellen: Playing the Part, The World According to Radiohead and The World According to Anish Kapoor. He Dreams of Giants is a story of Terry Gilliam’s work on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The Man Who Stole Banksy tells a story of one of the most mysterious artists of the age. Two films are devoted to Akram Khan - Extreme Combat: The Dancer and the Fighter explores connections between dancing and fighting, and Can We Live With Robots is about making contact with artificial intelligence through dancing.

Overall, the festival programme includes 25 films, which will be presented in English with Russian subtitles at COOL PLAY and Theatre-HD Play.

Programme and schedules

The 21st New British Film Festival is part of the UK-Russia Creative Bridge 2020-21 programme with the support of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.