UKFC aids ‘Control,’ ‘Counterfeiters’

Films given cash for P&A by U.K. Film Council

The U.K. Film Council’s P&A Fund has awarded £200,000 ($406,000) to Anton Corbijn’s “Control,” the biopic of doomed Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis.

Pic’s distributor Momentum will receive the coin to help it expand its Oct. 5 U.K. release using both 35mm prints and digital distribution, as well as financial support for advertising and publicity.

The fund, which has an annual budget of $8.13 million, also awarded coin to Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Holocaust drama “The Counterfeiters.” Pic’s distributor Metrodome received $510,000 ahead of Wednesday’s release. Pic will now open on 80 screens using digital and 35mm prints.

Metrodome received $253,924 toward its Sept. 14 release of Gallic thriller “The Serpent.” Extra coin for pic, helmed by Eric Barbier, enabled delivery to 90 digital sites.

Park Circus received $65,600 toward its theatrical re-release of Robert Wise’s “The Sound of Music.” The Sept. 26 release for the classic musical was expanded from 15 to 130 sites, with an extra 35mm print and 114 digital copies.

Soda Pictures and Dogwoof Pictures each received just over $10,000 toward their releases of indie Brit laffer “Someone Else,” and Teuton drama “Tough Enough” respectively.

Transmedia Pictures received $7,800 toward releasing “A Few Days in September,” a Gallic thriller starring Juliette Binoche and Nick Nolte.

The fund is not intended to substitute pre-existing investment made by U.K. distribs, but to add value and support and widen auds’ access to foreign-language specialty and Brit pics.

This year, the U.K. Film Council also committed $6 million over three years to a new film website through its Distribution and Exhibition Fund. Website will become a film-centric social network, with info on screening times, reviews, interactive forums and downloads. Marketing agency Sledge will be responsible for the site.