The awards are decided by regional film critics and cinema goers.

This year’s Richard Attenborough Film Awards (RAFAs) will be announced on December 13.

The regional film awards are divided into two, with seven awarded by the general public and seven by regional critics. Awards will be handed out for categories including best film, voting for which takes place online, best British film and 3D film of the year.

RAFAs aims to give a distinct voice to film critics and filmgoers around the country and are dedicated to the British actor, director and producer Lord Attenborough.

Lord Attenborough said:  “As three-quarters of UK cinema admissions take place outside the London area, I am only too pleased to support the regional critics in their appreciation and celebration of the finest filmmaking.”

Previous winners of the regional critics’ Film of the Year accolade include Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Atonement (pictured) (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Up (2009).