While blockbusters are often released in the UK with more than 1,000 film prints, the average number of prints for a foreign language specialist film is under ten.
The fund has an annual budget of $5.8 million and offers support to more commercially focused British films that nevertheless remain difficult to market.
The largest award of $360,000 went to Optimum Releasing for Steven Soderbergh's Che: Part One . The story of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, was released on 100 screens in the UK, double the original planned number of 50.
Vertigo Films has received $216,000 for Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson . Written by Brock Norman Brock and Winding Refn and based on a true story, Bronson follows the metamorphosis of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most dangerous prisoner.
The sum of $173,000 went to E1 Entertainment for Gerald McMorrow's fantasy film Franklyn, starring Eva Green which also received production funding from the UK Film Council's Premiere Fund. Franklyn will have its UK release on February 27 on 35 rather than 60 screens as a result.
The following films were awarded $7,200: Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; Better Things; Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia and Far North.
Festival favourites Flame And Citron and Wendy and Lucy also received $7,200 while Boogie was awarded $6,500.
Finally Shorts International received $4,300 to widen the distribution of two compilations of the 2009 Oscar nominated short films from the animated shorts and live action shorts categories, including British short This Way Up directed by Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith. The compilation will be released this week.