The Weinstein Company (TWC) made the first big play of the festival as it announced on Friday it had swooped on worldwide rights excluding UK TV for Boy A.

John Crowley's UK drama centres a young ex-con after he is released from prison for committing a murder as a child. Peter Mullan and Shaun Evans star. Channel 4 was the majority financier on the film and holds UK TV rights.

TWC's acquisitions executives negotiated the deal with producers Nick Marston and Tally Garner from Cuba Pictures.

Jeremy Podeswa's festival opener Fugitive Pieces remained in play following its Thursday night premiere.

Grant Gee's documentary Joy Division was also attracting intense interest, as were Dario Argento's The Mother Of Tears, Thomas McCarthy's The Visitor, and Helen Hunt's directorial debut Then She Found Me.