The 14th Beijing International Film Festival wrapped on April 26. To follow our tradition, let’s see what UK films were selected by our Chinese counterpart.

This year, the Tiantan Award received 1509 film submissions from 118 countries and regions (including the special administrative regions of China). Among them, 191 films were from within China and 1318 films were from outside of China. Unfortunately, no UK film won any of the award category.

List of winners:

Best film: Fei Long, “Gold or Shit,” China
Best director: Karan Tejpal, India (“Stolen”)
Best actor: Fan Wei, China (“Strangers When We Meet”)
Best actress: Mia Maelzer, India (“Stolen”)
Best supporting actor: Jari Virman, Finland (“Death Is a Problem for the Living”)
Best actress in a supporting role: Hong Yue, China (“Gold or Shit”)
Best artistic contribution: “All the Long Nights” Japan
Best screenplay: Huang Jia, China (“Gold or Shit”)
Best cinematography: Isshaan Ghosh, India (“Stolen”)
Best music: Marco Biscarini, Finland (“Death Is a Problem for the Living”)

Although not winning any award category, several classic UK films (including co-production) were included in its official screening programme. As usual, the biggest presence in the international programme is still French cinema, with 30 films.

UK Films at BIFF 2024 (7 films)

All the Blue Cats Look Like the Same Color | Dir. Wenzhe Xu (Short)
Desire Line (2018) | Dir. Ruini Shi
The Wicker Man (1973) | Dir. Robin Hardy
Peeping Tom (1960) | Dir. Michael Powell
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996) |Dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg
La Vie en Rose (2007) | Dir. Olivier Dahan
Made in England: The Films of Powell and Pressburger (2024) | Dir. David Hinton (PREMIERE)