UK films at Toronto 2021

Discover the UK features and co-pros at TIFF this year

The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (9-18 September) selection showcases twenty three UK films and co-productions. TIFF will host world premieres from Terence Davies’ First World War drama Benediction and Kenneth Branagh’s 1960s-set Belfast and more, together with new films by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (Earwig), John Michael McDonagh (The Forgiven) and Rob Savage (Dashcam).

High profile British talent will also attend the festival, with award-winning actors Riz Ahmed (Jury Head for TIFF Platform) and Benedict Cumberbatch (TIFF Tribute Actor Award).

Find out more about the festival selections below.


BFI and partners, including the British Film Commission, are hosting a virtual industry presence at the festival, featuring a virtual stand and a Spotlight video showcasing the talent, stories and locations behind UK films in selection. This will be available on TIFF industry platform from 13 September and then on

Go behind the scenes of TIFF festival selections with filmmakers including Edgar Wright, Terence Davies and Clio Barnard featuring Ali & Ava, A Banquet, Benediction, Dashcam, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Last Night in Soho, Nobody Has to Know, Silent Night, True Things and more!



Discovery strand

A BANQUET dir. by Ruth Paxton (UK) – World Premiere

Special Presentations

ALI & AVA dir. by Clio Barnard (UK) – North American Premiere

ENCOUNTER dir. Michael Pearce (US-UK) – International Premiere

BENEDICTION dir. By Terence Davies (UK) – World Premiere

MOTHERING SUNDAY dir. Eva Husson (UK) – North American Premiere


SILENT NIGHT dir. by Camille Griffin (UK) – World Premiere

BELFAST dir. by Kenneth Branagh (UK) – World Premiere

THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN dir. by Will Sharpe (UK) – Canadian Premiere

THE FORGIVEN dir. by John Michael McDonagh (UK) – World Premiere

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO dir. by Edgar Wright – North American Premiere


EARWIG dir. by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (UK-France-Belgium) – World Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

NOBODY HAS TO KNOW dir. by Bouli Lanners (France-Belgium-UK) – World Premiere

TRUE THINGS dir. by Harry Wootliff (UK) – North American Premiere


THREE MINUTES – A LENGTHENING dir. by Bianca Stigter (Netherlands/UK) – North American Premiere

THE RESCUE dir. by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin (US/UK) – International Premiere

Midnight Madness

DASHCAM dir. by Rob Savage (UK/US) – World Premiere

Special Event

MEMORY BOX: ECHOES OF 9/11 dir. by David Belton, Bjorn Johnson- North American Premiere

SPENCER dir. by Pablo Larrain (UK/Germany) – North American Premiere

Short Cuts

A FEW MILES SOUTH dir. by Ben Pearce (UK) – World Premiere

BHAI dir Hamza Bangash (UK/Canada/Pakistan) – World Premiere

EGUNGUN (MASQUERADE) dir. by Olive Nwosu (UK/Nigeria) – World Premiere

THE FUTURE ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE dir. by Adeyemi Michael (UK) – Canadian Premiere

HANGING ON dir. Alfie Barker (UK) – International Premiere

SOFT ANIMALS dir. by Renee Zahn (UK) – North American Premiere