PlayUK comes to Pristina as part of PriFest 2018

Our PlayUK film festival – which unites six cities in the Western Balkans – presents this year’s edition through the PriFest film festival, taking place from 17 to 22 July 2018 in Pristina. PlayUK centers on the promotion of British cinema in this region and so we have teamed up with PriFest, whose 2018 programme focuses on British cinematography. Under the title PlayUK Arcadia 2018, we will feature seven influential UK-made films at the festival, as well as organize two workshops with leading British experts in the world of filmmaking. 

The films selected for this purpose have all made their mark through international festivals and with the global audience. They showcase the latest trends in British motion picture and we are proud to present them to film aficionados in Pristina. The selected films are titled: "Film stars don’t die in Liverpool", "Beast", "The Party", "England is mine", "Arcadia", "Apostasy", and  "God’s own country". Moviegoers are invited to read their synopses and reviews online. 

PlayUK Arcadia 2018 also features two film-related workshops as part of the PriFest 2018 programme. The first is a two-day workshop for filmmakers, architects, electronic musicians and visual artists, focusing on the Unity learning curve. Unity is the preferred software tool used by the majority of virtual reality creators, enabling them to produce immersive content for different purposes. The workshop will be led by Simon Wilkinson, described by CINEUROPA Magazine as ‘one of the most notable names in Europe to be dealing with virtual reality.’ The second workshop will last for two days and will focus on scriptwriting, a key element in film production. It will be led by Clare Downs, a script writer and consultant, as well as a lecturer at the UK National Film and Television School and the Screenwriting Department at De Montfort University. 

PlayUK is a Western Balkans arts programme platform that aims to support and develop the audio-visual sector in the region. Through creating connections between professionals from the UK and the Western Balkans, this programme supports knowledge and skills transfer in the areas of virtual reality, augmented reality, visual effects and animation, creating a unique bridge between creatives and the ICT sector. 

PlayUK Arcadia 2018 – featuring diverse programmes related to British film – is also taking place in Skopje, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Podgorica, and Tirana.