Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 will receive its UK premiere as the closing night film of this year's Birmingham Screen Festival.

The event opens on March 4 with the UK Premiere screening of Woody Allen's Anything Else.

The festival's line-up includes films from directors such as Julio Medem (Basque Ball); Martin Scorsese (The Blues - I Feel Like Going Home); Mike Figgis (The Blues - Red White and Blue); Hector Babenco (Carandiru); Robert Altman (The Company); Marco Tullio Giordana (The Best of Youth); Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Bon Voyage); Mike Hodges (I'll Sleep When I'm Dead), Gabriele Salvatores (I'm Not Scared); Ping He (Warriors of Heaven and Earth) and Vicente Aranda (Carmen.

The Association of Independent Film Exhibitors will be holding their first annual conference at the event on March 4 and 5, called From Analogue to Digital: Cinema in the Digital Age.

Participants include: Rickard Gramfors from Folkets Haus in Stockholm, Sweden, Fiona Deans from Arts Alliance, Amanda Nevill, Director of the BFI, and Bertrand Moullier Director General from FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) in Paris.

On March 11, Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) will be presented with the Norman Beaton Award which honours creative contributions to British multicultural film and television drama.

Screenwriter Andrew Davies will be presented with the Samuelson Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in drama.