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London Film Festival Sees Record Audience Figures

2012-10-23 13:34:40        xinhua
The 56th London Film Festival (LFF) saw a 12 percent increase in audience figures to reach its highest total yet, data released on Monday showed.

The British Film Institute (BFI) LFF closed on Sunday evening with a final gala European premiere of the latest film adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel "Great Expectations", starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.

The LFF screened 228 fiction and documentary features, including 12 world premieres, 11 international premieres, 37 European premieres and 111 live action and animated shorts from 68 countries.

New LFF director Clare Stewart introduced a revised program structure and competitive sections as well as shortening the festival to 12 days.

The winner of the best film award, announced at the awards ceremony in the historic Banqueting House in the center of the City of London, was "Rust and Bone".

The ceremony was attended by stars and celebrities. Both film director Tim Burton, whose latest movie "Frankenweenie" opened the festival and his wife Helena Bonham Carter each received British Film Institute Fellowships, the highest accolade bestowed by the BFI.

Best British Newcomer went to Sally El Hosaini, director/screenwriter for "My Brother the Devil".

The Sutherland Award for Best First Feature went to Benh Zeitlin, director of "Beasts of the Southern Wild".

The winner of the Grierson Award for Best Documentary went to Alex Gibney, director and screenwriter of "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God".

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