Twelve new films have benefited from the latest round of awards from the UK Film Council's prints and advertising fund.

Pathe Distribution received the largest award of $437,000 (£250,000) for Turner Prize winning artist Steve McQueen's award-winning directorial debut Hunger. The film follows the story of imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender).

The fund enables distributors to increase the exposure of art-house, foreign and classic films which might otherwise only have a limited distribution. Pathe will use the award to increase UK sites from 20 to 60 and pay for an enhanced media campaign in advance of Hunger's October 31 release.

The BFI received $84,580 (£48,351) for Terence Davies' Of Time and the City.

Three distribution companies received $8,745 (£5,000): Yume Pictures, for the award-winning Young@Heart; Met Film for Jerry Rothwell's Heavy Load; Momentum Pictures for The Wave; and Soda Pictures for La Zona.

Two distributors each received $17,500 (£10,000) in total for two films; Metrodome for Steep and Fears of the Dark and Artificial Eye Film for Ashes of Time Redux and Alexandra.

Finally, Bigga Than Ben Ltd received $8,618 (£4,927) for Bigga Than Ben and Sterling Pictures received $6,778 (£3,875) for Dominic Lees' Outlanders.