In celebration of the inaugural GREAT British Online Film Festival, the British Embassy Beijing will be hosting a series of film screening events in partnership with Meridian Space, bringing audiences a taster of what’s on offer during the festival with a few extra exclusive surprises.

Taking place in one of Beijing’s hottest new cultural venues, Meridian Space, this series of screenings will be comprised of award-winning or nominated British short films. Kicking off on Sunday 16 November at 5pm, this series aims to be the new winter Sunday evening entertainment for Beijing residents until 7 December. The series of screenings will also be organised in partnership with That’s Beijing and online arts portal, Phoenix Art.

Curated and supplied by the UK’s largest short film distributor, Shorts TV, each series of shorts will showcase different aspects of quality British film, from animation to creative story-telling to love stories. With many of these films including your favourite British actors, such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Dame Judi Dench, film lovers won’t want to miss this new Sunday evening entertainment in such a unique setting.

Organised by the British Embassy Beijing, VisitBritain and Virgin Atlantic Airways, the inaugural GREAT British Online Film Festival was launched on October 9th. The festival brings an unmissable array of 36 British features and 20 short films to netizens across the country, via the video portal, LeTV. Viewers can tune in from now until 12 December by going to

The venue hosts for the screenings, Meridian Space, is located inside the brand-new C&C arts and culture park, in the heart of Beijing. It’s a creative hub that brings together people, ideas, and products from all other the world, to provide renewed sources of inspiration and enjoyment. A cafe and bar, Meridian Space is also an events venue designed for a variety of activities, which makes it the perfect place for a relaxing Sunday evening.

Each screening event will explore a different theme, grouping 4 to 5 British short films together.

Screening event details:

  • Sunday 16 November: 5-6pm, Your Favourite British Stars
  • Sunday 23 November: 7-8pm, Animations
  • Sunday 30 November: 7-8pm, Award-nominated Interesting Stories, including a Q&A with ShortsTV CEO and Producer, Carter Pilcher
  • Sunday 7 December: 7-8pm, Love Stories


Week 4: Love Stories

Two Dosas 15 min|2014|Director Sarmad Masud
Starring: Martin Delaney, Javed Khan, Omar Khan
Geeky Pavan takes his English Rose on a date to the most authentic Indian restaurant in the city. To his horror she goes off-menu, in Hindi...
From the BFI London Film Festival selection
Plenty More Fish 10 min|2007|Director Tony Durston
Starring: Sylvia Gatril, Helen Kennedy, Myles Keogh
Joe’s speed-dating night has not got off to a good start , the first girl is an ex-girlfriend! As recriminations fly, he thinks the night can only improve, but how wrong can he be.

Talk 10 min|2010|Director Callie Lane
Starring: Stefan D'Bart, Emma Rigby
When Michael's girlfriend surprises him with a day out at the beach his life soon begins to spiral dangerously out of control.
American Independent Film Festival - Best Short

Call Register 13 min | 2004 | Director Ed Roe
Starring: Martin Freeman, James Lance
A guy borrows his best friend's mobile phone in order to call a girl he recently met, but the phone recognizes the number being dialled, leading to a number of awkward and funny complications.
BAFTA Nominated for Best Short Film 2006

Tea and Biscuits 12 min | 2009 | Director Chris Klockner
Starring: Toby Kebbell, Alex Barker
Billy and Eva meet in the gap of time between life and death. Leaving behind the mortal world, they reflect on a little bit of their childhood. A short, but sweet moment shared over a cup of tea and biscuits, in a café suspended in time.
FF Director Choice Award -- LA Lady Filmaker Film Festival
Freeze-Frame 15 min | 2014 | Director Anthony Fabian
(The first ever GREAT Short Film)
Starring: Tian Yuan, Freddie Fox
Fei, a daring young woman, is on a top secret mission that takes her half way across the world in order to honour a promise. Not afraid to bend the rules, and determined to succeed, Chen runs into unexpected troubles that require her to play detective and to secretly chase the handsome stranger she met on the plane. Jack, a dashing Englishman, is on a mission of his own. He has important information to deliver back in the UK and with a satanic boss relentlessly on his case pressure starts to build. When things start to go wrong and time is running out, Jack is in need of a stroke of luck and a strong sense of humour. As they fly across the world, from Shanghai to London and to Edinburgh, Fei’s and Jack’s paths cross, triggering a chain of events that takes them to some of the UK’s most iconic locations, until their last destination reveals all.

Tickets are priced at just RMB40 for one drink of your choice (coffee/tea/wine/beer) which allows you access to the screenings. And why buy just one session when you can make the most of these great ticket offers?
 4 sessions for  RMB120
 3 sessions for  RMB90
 2 sessions for RMB60

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Address: C&C Park, 77 Meishuguan Houjie, Dongcheng, Beijing (opens in a new window)
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