'Parking' gets spot at London's Film Focus


CANNES -- Peter Howitt's "Dangerous Parking," the tale of a cult director in the indie film world, is among titles showcasing the best of new British cinema to 150 international buyers and film festival directors at this year's London U.K. Film Focus, held June 25-28.

More than 40 films will screen at the event -- held at the newly restored BFI Southbank venue -- with other premieres including "Grow Your Own," the story of love in a city allotment (Pathe); the heist movie "Daylight Robbery" and the horror film "Flick" (both from AV Pictures); and the "Rise of the Foot Soldier" (Carnaby International), which follows the life of a notorious career criminal.

"St Trinians" leads this year's selection of footage screenings, which gives participants a sneak preview of forthcoming high-profile titles.

Supported by U.K. Trade & Investment and with a dedicated screen hosting four screenings per day over three days, the 'Breakthrough' section will showcase feature projects from emerging British filmmakers looking for sales representation.

Films already confirmed in this strand include "The Midnight Drives," a look at modern family life produced by Cross Day Productions; Liz Holfold's comedy scam movie "Bigga than Ben" and drama "Crossing Bridges" produced by Mark Norfolk.

Sponsorship from Arts Alliance Media and Barco will see the introduction of a new service for buyers this year. Using the secure video on demand service, Vizumi Pro, buyers will be able to view premiere titles on a first-come, first-serve basis on Barco flat screen monitors. As part of AAM's support of LUFF, all content submitted to Vizumi Pro for LUFF will also be available to view online until Sept. 30.