The 56th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, closed last night with the European premiere of Mike Newell’s all-star Great Expectations.
Organisers at the BFI say this year’s event was the most successful ever, with audiences soaring by 12% to almost 150,000 despite the festival running four days fewer than in 2011.
Film fans across the UK were also able to attend cinema screenings of the festival’s Opening Night Film Frankenweenie and American Express Gala Film Crossfire Hurricane, making the festival more accessible and relevant to those living outside the capital.
Over the 11-day festival 228 films were screened, including 12 work premieres, 11 international premieres and 37 European premieres, many attended by stars and filmmakers including Bill Murray, Ben Affleck and The Rolling Stones.
On Saturday the winners of the BFI London Film Festival Awards were named.
Winners include: Rust and Bone (Best Film), Beasts of the Southern Wild for the Sutherland Award (Best First Feature) and Sally El Hosaini, director of My Brother the Devil, for Best British Newcomer.
In addition Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton were presented with the BFI Fellowship.
BFI chairman Greg Dyke said: “The BFI London Film Festival Awards pay tribute to outstanding film talent, so we are delighted and honoured that both Tim Burton, one of the most creative and visionary directors and Helena Bonham Carter, one of our finest British actresses have both accepted BFI Fellowships – the highest accolade the BFI can bestow.
“I also want to congratulate all the filmmakers honoured with nominations this year, for their vision, skill, passion and creativity.”