FACTS AND FIGURES FROM THE FESTIVAL:
The 45TH Regus London Film Festival hosted 363 screenings of 173 features and 84 short films in 16 days. It provided 232 opportunities for filmmakers, writers and actors to introduce their work to audiences, recorded more than 110,000 admissions, including 112 sold-out screenings and nearly 4,000 attendances at education events and screenings.
The festival also entertained more than 600 film industry delegates and 670 international and UK-based press.
Amongst the popular favourites at this year's RLFF were the Opening and Closing Night Galas of Gosford Park and K-PAX, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, Mike Figgis' Hotel, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, Pixar's Monsters, Inc. Nanni Moretti's The Sons Room, Ulrich Seidl's Dog Days, Fabian Bielinsky's Nine Queens, Alfonso Cuaron's And Your Mother Too, the restored version of Carol Reed's The Fallen Idol and Francis Coppola and Walter Murch's re-worked Apocalypse Now Redux.
The RLFF welcomed an array of international stars from both sides of the camera, including directors Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Larry Clark, Claude Miller, Frederick Wiseman, James Benning, Julio Medem and Todd Field and performers such as Cate Blanchett, Aurore Clement, Anna Friel, Nicole Kidman, Bob Hoskins, Irfan Khan, Jeanne Balibar, Ian Hart, Lola Marceli, Tara Fitzgerald, Ray Winstone, Saffron Burrows, Danny Huston, Amy Madigan and Ayesha Dhaker.
Other guests at these screenings included Twiggy, Sting, Alan Rickman, Linda Gray, Jonathan Ross, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, Kylie Minogue and Tony Benn.
The Sutherland Trophy was presented to Asif Kapadia, writer/director of The Warrior. The 4th FIPRESCI International Critics' Award went to Israel Adrian Caetano's Bolivia, with a special mention for Babak Payami's Secret Ballot. The 6th Annual Satyajit Ray Award was won by Todd Fields In The Bedroom. Specially mentioned were Nine Queens and Pauline and Paulette.
Regus plc's title sponsorship of the RLFF was also recognised during the Festival by the Financial Times/Arts & Business Awards 2001, where it won the award for Arts, Business and Corporate Identity.