Today marks the opening of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, featuring six Ingenious-backed films including Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, which will open the festival.

A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), will make history today as the first film with a black female director to open the London Film Festival. A United Kingdom received its global premiere at last month’s Toronto Film Festival and was heralded as ‘unmissable’ and ‘triumphant’.  

The festival will also feature Autopsy of a Jane Doe starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox; City of Tiny Lights starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper; the critically acclaimed Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Defoe; The Secret Scriptures starring Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave; and Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.

The films, all due for release within the next six months, showcase some of the finest British and American talent and were backed by Ingenious’ Shelley Media, Pathé, Pathé Plus and Senior Film funds.