EIFF and London 2012 Festival

EIFF is proud to announce the hosting of world premieres of the four newly commissioned London 2012 Olympic Films

London 2012 Festival film programme to showcase leading UK talent and rising stars.

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Organisers have today revealed details on the film programme for the London 2012 Festival – a 12 week UK-wide cultural celebration from 21 June and running until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Hackney born BAFTA winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna, The Warrior, Far North) has been commissioned for the London 2012 Festival as part of the BBC Films and Film4 co-commission of four short films that showcase great UK filmmaking talent.

The new film by Kapadia will join three new films by leading UK filmmakers that have already been confirmed as part of the commission: A Running Jump by Mike Leigh featuring Eddie Marsan, Sam Kelly and Samantha Spiro; The Swimmer by Lynne Ramsey, director of the critically acclaimed adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin; and What If, directed by Streetdance directing duo Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini starring Noel Clarke, George Sargeant and Theo Barklem-Biggs.

These four films will receive their world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 24 June and their London premiere at the Hackney Picturehouse on 25 June, with a live simulcast to more than 50 cinemas across the UK thanks to a partnership with Picturehouse cinemas . Tickets going on sale today for these screenings with more details at The films will also be screened on the BBC and Channel 4 during the London 2012 Festival period.


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