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Fourth Year for Film Focus

Date posted: 21.05.2007

Peter Howitt’s Dangerous Parking (Velvet  Octopus), the tale of a cult director in the indie film world, is among titles showcasing the best of new British cinema to 150 international buyers and film festival directors at this year’s London UK Film Focus (LUFF) Monday 25-Thursday 28 June 2007, held at the newly-relaunched BFI Southbank.

Over 40 films will screen at the event with other premieres including Grow Your Own, the story of love  in a city allotment (Pathé); heist movie Daylight Robbery and horror film Flick (both from AV Pictures); and Rise of the Foot Soldier (Carnaby International), which follows the life of a notorious career criminal.

St Trinian's leads this year’s selection of footage screenings, which gives participants a sneak preview of forthcoming high-profile titles.

Building on the success of last year’s new strand, Breakthrough returns to expose new UK talent to sales agents as well as  international buyers. Supported by UK Trade & Investment and with a dedicated screen hosting four screenings per day over three days, Breakthrough will showcase feature projects from emerging British film-makers looking for sales representation.  Films already confirmed in this strand include The Midnight Drives, a look at modern family life (Produced by Cross Day Productions); S.A. Halewood's comedy scam movie Bigga than Ben and gripping drama Crossing Bridges (Produced by Mark Norfolk).

Sponsorship from Arts Alliance Media (AAM) and Barco will see the introduction of a new service for buyers this year.  Using the secure professional video on demand  service, Vizumi Pro, buyers will be able to view premiere titles on a first-come, first-serve basis on Barco flat screen monitors.  As part of AAM’s support of LUFF, all content submitted to Vizumi Pro for LUFF will also be available to view online until 30 September 2007.

Helena Mackenzie, Head of International at Film London said:
“It’s very satisfying to see the London UK Film Focus going from strength to strength in its fourth year and to have settled comfortably into an already busy industry calendar.  In addition to bringing business to the capital and generating in the region of $2m in sales, LUFF is attracting record levels of interest from buyers, with the quickest ever response to invitations already achieving a 95% take up. We are delighted to be back at the newly-relaunched BFI Southbank, and able to benefit from the new screening facilities.”

John Woodward, CEO of the UK Film Council said,
“LUFF has become a key initiative at which to promote British films and talent to the international market.”

For further press information please contact:
Lucy Skipper
020 7613 7679

Notes to Editors
LUFF is supported by Film London, the UK Film Council, Film Export UK (FEUK), the London Development Agency, UK Trade & Investment, Arts Alliance Media and Barco.

The UK Film Council is the lead agency for film in the UK ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad.   We invest Government grant-in-aid and Lottery money in film development and production; skills development; international development and export promotion; distribution and exhibition; and education. Our aim is to deliver lasting benefits to the industry and the public alike through:

• creativity - encouraging the development of new talent, skills, and creative and technological innovation in UK film and assisting new and established filmmakers to produce successful and distinctive British films;

• enterprise – supporting the creation and growth of sustainable businesses in the film sector, providing access to finance and helping the UK film industry compete successfully in the domestic and global marketplace;

• imagination - promoting education and an appreciation and enjoyment of cinema by giving UK audiences access to the widest range of UK and international cinema, and by supporting film culture and heritage.


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