Scotland at Cannes - 2023

The 76th edition of the world’s most prestigious film festival is in full swing! Cannes Film Festival celebrates and previews highly anticipated films and documentaries of all genres from around the world. Scotland is no exception, as the screen industry is thriving in Scotland, our top-tier services, crews and epic locations have attracted productions of all scales.

Last week saw the world premiere of James Mangold's Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny take place with Harrison Ford receiving a 5 minute standing ovation alongside the honorary Palme d'Or Award (the highest prize awarded at Cannes). The film was shot extensively in Scotland, with the streets of Glasgow being transformed into 1960s New York. Aylin Tezel’s directorial debut, Falling into Place also screened last week. Tezel’s film is a modern-day romantic drama shot on location on the Isle of Skye, making use of its dreamy landscapes as the perfect backdrop for young love. Both productions are fine examples of proving whether it’s for Hollywood or a feature, our industry has you covered.

MTP’s Executive Producer, James Heath has been on the ground meeting producers and partners for upcoming co-productions coming to Scotland. The first of which, Leonora in the Morning Light, shoots this summer. The film is being directed by Thor Klein, it’s a Germany, Romania, Mexico, UK co-pro, backed by the BFI Global Screen Fund and Eurimages. This will soon be followed by the Screen Ireland backed Spilt Milk shooting in the summer, with Director Brian Durnin and written by Cara Loftus. For both features all the post-production is taking place through MTPs facility in Glasgow, of which we’ll have more exciting news on soon. MTP is actively looking for long-form international productions (documentaries and narrative) for co-production, particularly producers keen to come to Scotland or the UK for production or post-production and that was a large part of James’ focus while in Cannes.

Our pals over at Screen Scotland & the Scottish Documentary Institute are representing at this year’s festival with their Cannes Docs - Scotland Showcase. The showcase presented 4 bold and ambitious feature documentaries from emerging Scottish talent with the aim of highlighting how Scotland is top tier for documentary filmmaking and co-production. Read all about the projects being supported via → Scotland Showcase at Cannes Docs 2023

So far, the festival has been another successful exchange of ideas, contacts and inspiration. With Scotland and the Uk being celebrated as having a thriving industry. If you are looking to speak to us about a project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we always love a chat.

The British films in the mix:

In Competition
Club Zero by Jessica Hausner
Firebrand by Karim Aïnouz
The Old Oak
by Ken Loach
The Zone of Interest
by Jonathan Glazer

Out of Competition
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny by James Mangold

Special Screenings
Occupied City by Steve McQueen

Un Certain Regard
How to Have Sex by Molly Manning Walker
The Settlers (Los Colonos)
by Felope Gálvez

Short Film Competition
Wild Summon by Karni Arieli and Saul Freed

La Cinef Short Films
Killing Boris Johnson by Musa Alderson-Clark