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BFI Unveils Latest Films To Receive Funding

The BFI has revealed the list of British film projects that have received funding in the nine months from April 2011. Over £13.2m has been awarded to 20 features, which include five from female directors and ten from first- or second-time filmmakers.

Those films supported by the BFI Film Fund range from 3D features (such as Streetdance 2, pictured) to documentaries and drama. Speaking about the funding, Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, said, “We’re delighted to be part of such a wide range of dynamic new British films. One of the most exciting thing about the BFI’s Film Fund is that we can support talented new filmmakers making their first features, and help some of the UK’s most well known and respected directors create ambitious, large scale films. This remarkable breadth of inspiring films offers such an exciting proposition for audiences, and this is just the beginning.”

One project to receive funding from the BFI is Under the Skin, director Jonathan Glazer’s follow-up to Sexy Beast. A science fiction film about an alien in human form, it has been adapted from the novel by Michael Faber and stars Scarlett Johansson. Other directors to benefit from BFI funding support include Mike Newell, for his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane; Mat Whitecross, for his Manchester-set coming-of-age tale Spike Island; Rufus Norris, for his directorial debut Broken which stars Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy; and Ben Wheatley for his Kill List follow-up Sightseers.

The full list of feature film production awards approved since April 1, 2011 (most recent first):

Last Days on Mars (Director: Ruairi Robinson, Qwerty Films Ltd) – £1,000,000
Blood (Director: Nick Murphy, Neal Street Productions & Red Production Company) – £700,000
Bomb (Director: Sally Potter, Adventure Pictures Ltd) – £1,020,000
Mister John (Directors: Christine Molloy & Joe Lawlor, Desperate Optimists Productions Ltd) – £300,000
Spike Island (Director: Mat Whitecross, Fiesta Productions) – £900,000
Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (Director: Havana Marking, Roast Beef Productions) – £165,000
This is London (Director: Julien Temple, B&W Films Ltd) – £355,000
Seven Psychopaths (Director: Martin McDonagh, Blueprint Pictures) – £1,057,500
Broken (Director: Rufus Norris, Cuba Pictures Limited) – £267,500
Fast Girls (Director: Regan Hall, DJ Films) – £630,000
Great Expectations (Director: Mike Newell, Number 9 Films) – £2,000,000
Sightseers (Director: Ben Wheatley, Big Talk Pictures / Rook Films) – £300,000
Swandown (Director Andrew Kotting, Fly Film Company) – £215,750
Last Passenger (Director: Omid Nooshin, NDF International) – £428,000
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (Director: Mark Cousins, Hopscotch Films) – £185,000
Under the Skin (Director: Jonathan Glazer, Modern Films Ltd) – £185,000
Welcome to the Punch (Eran Creevy, Beat Films Ltd) – £500,000
Streetdance 2 3D (Directors: Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini, Vertigo Films) – £500,000
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Director: Sophie Fiennes, P Guide Productions & Blinder Films) – £270,000
Shadow Dancer (Director: James Marsh, Unanimous Entertainment & Element Films) – £750,000
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