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Richard Attenborough Film Awards

The Richard Attenborough Film Awards

It’s time to vote for the film of the year with The List and the Richard Attenborough Film Awards.

Before we look forward to 2009, we want List readers to look back to their favourite films of yesteryear, well 2008 anyway. The List has joined the prestigious Richard Attenborough Film Awards (RAFAs) to create an all new readers poll for the best Film of the Year.

The RAFAs are now in their third year and were originally devised as a UK regional film critics awards to give a dedicated voice to regional media during the high profile annual awards season. Every year six categories are voted for exclusively by regional journalists/producers -- Film, Filmmaker, Actor, Actress, Screenwriter and Newcomer of the year.

This year the RAFAs are expanding with the addition of some public vote categories, principally The List readers' Film of The Year poll, a public audiences’ vote in association with Focus magazine, and Film Music of the year sponsored by Classic FM (voted for by Classic FM listeners).

Of the new developments Lord Attenborough says: 'I have always believed that the cinema’s astonishing power to surprise, move, amuse and, above all, entertain can only be fulfilled when films are experienced by audiences. The UK is the third most valuable country for cinemagoing in the world, and three-quarters of cinema admissions take place outside the London area. I am thrilled that the awards are expanding in 2009 with a public vote.'

So, if your favourite film of 2008 was Changeling, WALL-E, In Bruges, Hunger, Sex and the City or Quantum of Solace then visit and follow the links to The List Film of the Year readers poll. The polls open from Monday 5 January and closes at noon on 26 January. It doesn’t cost anything and it’s your chance to show us silly critics a thing or two.

All the results – the critics’ awards and the public votes – will be announced on Thursday 29 January. Go on, do it for the kids, do it for the wonder of cinema.

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