Now in its 10th year, Film London’s export market which supports new UK films and UK film companies London UK Film Focus (LUFF) returned to BFI Southbank in June.
Highlights included industry screenings of Cannes favourite The Selfish Giant (pictured) and the international premiere of the hotly-anticipated Powder Room from producers Damian Jones (The Iron Lady) and James Cotton. Directed by internet sensation MJ Delaney, written by up-and-coming playwright and screenwriter Rachel Hirons and starring recent BAFTA winner Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone and singer Kate Nash, the film is exemplary of the fresh female comedic talent making waves in the industry.
This year's line up also had 11 Breakthrough films seeking sales representation and 9 international premieres. The Breakthrough strand included a stirring story of modern life for women in Pakistan with Good Morning Karachi and a hard-hitting coming-of-age drama Calloused Hands which is the debut feature from director Jesse Quinones and stars Andre Royo (The Wire).
STUDIOCANAL attended LUFF in 2013 for the first time, presenting the latest Michael Winterbottom/Steve Coogan collaboration The Look of Love and Jeremy Lovering's chilling debut In Fear.
Hanway Films showcased 3 new documentaries; Dirty Wars tells the story of Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan with three years of footage, Seduced and Abandoned combines acting legend Alec Baldwin with Oscar nominated director James Toback to tell the troublesome and often hilarious story of raising feature film financing, and A Story of Children and Film is the world's first movie about kids in global cinema.
Previous LUFF successes have included last year's Best Documentary Academy Award winner Searching for Sugar Man and Dexter Fletcher's directorial debut Wild Bill, bought by Universal after having been selected as part of LUFF's Breakthrough strand.
For more information on LUFF please visit: http://filmlondon.org.uk/luff