From the 10 to 21 October 2012 London will play host to the 56th BFI London Film Festival, a 12-day celebration of international cinema with a programme of over 200 feature films from 68 different countries, including 14 world premieres, 15 international premieres and 34 European premieres.

The presence and influence of MEDIA will be detectable throughout the festival, not least in the 29 programmed films that have received MEDIA support. These 28 films originate from all areas of Europe, and most are co-productions. The list includes the hotly-anticipated newest offerings from Thomas Vinterberg, Jacques Audiard and the Taviani brothers, and award-winning titles such as Michael Haneke’s Amour (Love) and Ursula Meier’s L’enfant d’en haut (Sister). The films benefitted from various MEDIA funding schemes, including those for development, distribution and access to finance.

The festival’s Closing Night Gala film is Mike Newell’s Great Expectations. This UK/USA co-production received support as part of a MEDIA Development - Slate funding grant awarded to Number 9 Films in 2009, and features a stellar European cast including Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter...

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