Official Competition titles:

  • After Lucia
  • End of Watch
  • Fill the Void
  • Ginger and Rosa
  • It Was the Son
  • In the House
  • Lore
  • Midnight’s Children
  • Rust and Bone (winner)
  • No
  • Seven Psychopaths

First Feature Competition

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (winner)
  • Clip
  • The Comedian
  • Eat Sleep Die
  • My Brother The Devil
  • Neighbouring Sounds
  • The Samurai That Night
  • Shell
  • Ship of Thesues
  • Sleeper’s Wake
  • Tomorrow
  • Wadjda

Documentary Competition

  • Beware of Mr. Baker
  • Canned Dreams
  • The Central Park Five
  • The Ethnographer
  • For No Good Reason
  • Free Angela And All Political Prisoners
  • Les Invisibles
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (winner)
  • The Summit
  • Turned Towards the Sun
  • Village at the End of the World
  • West of Memphis

Best British Newcomer

  • Fady Elsayed actor My Brother The Devil
  • Sally El Hosaini director and screenwriter My Brother The Devil (winner)
  • Rufus Norris director Broken
  • Eloise Laurence actor Broken
  • Chloe Pirrie actor Shell
  • Scott Graham director and screenwriter Shell
  • Tom Shkolnik director and screenwriter The Comedian
  • Rowan Athale director/screenwriter Wasteland


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  • I’m not in any place to comment on how deserved these wins are, but, in each category, it seems like they’ve chosen the most safe, popular choice. But the lineups don’t look especially interesting to begin with. Leftovers from other festivals plus films which have already opened elsewhere.

  • Dion Blackler

    London’s Film Fest may not be one of the big ones but it’s trying to position itself as a film festival of note and hopefully will get more world premieres in coming years. I’m not sure how they chose the competition titles as it’s a tiny subset of the films that played (the usual suspects included- Argo, The Sessions etc).

    In any case, this is my home fest and I’ve loved those films I’ve seen during it and love their choices (Rust and Bone was my favourite of the films I saw). The Surprise Film tonight of Silver Linings Playbook was definitely a step up from the Damsels in Distress disaster of last year too!

  • Jake

    Is Beasts of the Southern Wild really that good? Or is it overrated?

  • drake

    @ jake… its pretty damn good. i’d check it out. i’d be surprised if you (or most film-lovers) didn’t have it in your top 10 of 2012 at the end of the year.

  • Maxim

    “But the lineups don’t look especially interesting to begin with. Leftovers from other festivals plus films which have already opened elsewhere.”

    That’s a shockingly myopic view of what makes films interesting and implies a very short shelf life for things that should remain fresh at least throughout the festival season.

  • Eduardo

    Después de Lucia(After Lucia) should have won!!!!

  • g

    I’m thrilled Rust and Bone won, it was amazing!

  • jesse

    I still don’t think Cotillard will make it at the Oscars. I think she will be overshadowed by Riva in the foreign performance department. And december will bring Maggie Smith in Quartet and Naomi Watts in The Impossible. The former has Downton Abbey and Marigold Hotel AND Harvey to keep her in the conversation, while the latter has what looks like a BP contender and she is backed by a studio which knows the game (See the Demian Bichir nomination). I don’t think Rust and Bones winning in London means anything for Marion, really. Still think it’s going to be Lawrence/Wallis/Mirren/Riva/Watts

  • g

    Marion killed it in Rust and Bone, she will definitely get a best actress nomination. It was so intense, I just can’t see her getting shut out.

  • TOM

    Full steam ahead for Marion – she has done consistently good work since La Vie..It’s always a pleasure to see her light up every movie (MinParis/TDKRises/Public Enemies)…Can’t wait to see Rust and Bone and, hopefully, its good.

  • Felipe

    Marion Cotillard gives the best female performance of this year in Rust and Bone and she deserves the nomination to the Best Actress category and winning it. She is incredible and her performance is superb, brilliant and wonderful.

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