UKFC hands out p&a to films

'Man On Wire' wins highest prize

LONDON — The upcoming U.K. releases of James Marsh’s “Man On Wire” and Tom Kalin’s “Savage Grace” will be boosted by donations from the U.K. Film Council’s prints and advertising fund, which aims to widen U.K. audience access to art-house, foreign and classic films.

The fund, with an annual budget of $7.9 million (£4 million), offered support to 10 summer releases in the latest round.

The biggest beneficiary — $206,509 — was to Icon Film Distribution for the critically acclaimed “Man On Wire,” which also received production funding from the UKFC’s New Cinema Fund.

The film, winner of the audience award at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival, will use the money to aid its advertising campaign and expand its August 1 opening from 24 sites in the U.K. to 45.

Revolver Entertainment’s “Savage Grace,” opening July 11, received $9,873, the next-highest amount given by the fund, as did Yume Pictures for “Puffball”, Soda Pictures for “My Winnipeg” and Artificial Eye for “Couscous.”

Rounding out the list were Artificial Eye’s “Summer Hours” and “Berlin,” Pathe Distribution’s “Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis” and “Mes Amis Mes Amours,” and Slingshot Productions’ “Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame,” all of which received support under $10,000.

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