WE ARE UK FILM brings together the UK's film national and regional agencies, producers and sales companies under one umbrella to provide clear information about our outstanding locations, services, films and talent. We stand together to represent the UK Film Industry and enable connections with both national and international partners.
About the BFI
The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
• Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK - investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
• As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
• By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
• By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.
Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.
For more information visit www.bfi.org.uk
The British Council is the UK’s cultural relations agency creating international opportunities for, and building trust between, the people of the UK and peers in other countries. Its Film department - part of a wider Arts Group - is the link between UK films and filmmakers and new international audiences. It works to profile the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world, and find opportunities for creative exchange between UK filmmakers and international counterparts.
Find us at www.britishcouncil.org/film
British Film Commission
The British Film Commission (BFC) is the national body responsible for maximizing and supporting the production of international feature films and high-end TV in the UK. With offices in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free professional advice to help make productions in the UK a reality.
The BFC has commercial sponsors, who form the membership of the agency’s innovative public/private partnership: Disney, Double Negative, Framestore, Harbottle & Lewis, MPC, Pinewood Studios Group, Saffery Champness, Warner Bros. UK and its UK-based film production operations, Working Title Films, Elstree Studios and Coutts.
The British Film Commission is managed by Film London through a public/private partnership funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI, it also receives funding from UK Trade and Investment.
We are a not for profit organisation that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. With offices in Salford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Pinewood and Elstree Studios and Sheffield, our experienced team provides a comprehensive offer to filmmakers who are either based in or looking to produce/co-produce in the English regions. Be it funding, advice or introductions, we aim to offer a service that values the personal as well as the professional. For more information, visit www.creativeengland.co.uk
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Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries.
Creative Scotland offers funding for film development and production to Scottish based filmmaking talent, and will invest in the co-production of films that shoot in Scotland. The Film and Television funding programme has an allocation of £4m for the financial year 2013/14.
We also fund multi-award winning talent development programmes, including Scottish Shorts from Hopscotch Films and www.digicult.co.uk, which develops and produces a range of short live action and animated films each year, and the internationally renowned Bridging the Gap short documentary initiative from www.scottishdocinstitute.com
We invest in the Market Leaders initiative from www.initialize-films.co.uk which provides continuing professional development to our film producers through a year-long programme of events and key market attendance.
Creative Scotland Locations provides free and confidential assistance to any production seeking to film on location in Scotland. We can provide images, information, recce support and local crew contacts. Working closely with all regional film offices, local authorities, national organisations and Government agencies to ensure a trouble-free shoot. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.creativescotlandlocations.com.
For full details of how Creative Scotland supports Scotland’s film and television talent and companies go to http://www.creativescotland.com
Scotland is part of the UK and therefore all UK film tax incentives and UK co-production treaties apply in Scotland. For full details of UK film tax relief, cultural test and co-production treaties please contact the BFI.
Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; we do this by influencing and shaping policy and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. We work very closely with film to support the growth of the UK film sector by investing in a programme of training, education and support for employers, businesses, employees and freelancers across the value chain, driving business and career development. To date we have invested over £50 million pounds across hundreds of training schemes over the past 10 years. This investment ensures that the UK film industry has a talent pool of film professionals and technicians with world-class skills.
Department for International Trade
Department for International Trade (DIT) are responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us.
We are responsible for:
•developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe
•developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries
•negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products)
•providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment
Ffilm Cymru Wales
Established in 2006 and formerly known as the Film Agency for Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales has a remit to help to develop a film sector in Wales and maximise the economic, educational and cultural benefits of film. Ffilm Cymru Wales supports Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and mentoring opportunities. We aim to bring film makers and audiences together by encouraging more people to see more films in more venues. We also promote the use of film in education and community regeneration, producing educational resources in conjunction with teachers to aid literacy and general learning.
Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond.
We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.
Film London’s activities include:
• Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London’s position as world-class city to attract investment through film, television, animation and games
• Investing in local talent through a range of specialised production and training schemes
• Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital’s screen industries by delivering internationally facing business development events
• Maximising access to the capital’s film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
• Promoting London through screen tourism
Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI. www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk
Film Export UK
Film Export UK is the trade body for companies with UK offices selling, marketing & distributing independent feature films around the world.
The association performs a wide range of functions to support and sustain the export of British independent films from UK companies. From operating umbrella stands at key international film festivals and markets to lobbying government on UK film policy, Film Export UK positions itself at the forefront of the international film industry ensuring that its members’ interests are represented at the highest level and striving for the value of their contribution to the UK, both culturally and economically, to be recognised.
GREAT Britain campaign
The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the best of what the UK has to offer to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK. It is the Government’s most ambitious international promotional campaign ever, uniting the efforts of the public and private sector to generate jobs and growth for Britain.
The UK has a huge amount to offer, with world-class universities, ground breaking research, high tech start-ups and entrepreneurial business people. We are global leaders in the creative industries like music, fashion, design and film. We can offer visitors unforgettable experiences, breath-taking landscapes and iconic attractions.
The GREAT Britain campaign captures all this and much more; the best of all that is familiar about the UK, but also what is new and surprising about this country. Our aim is to encourage people around the world to think and feel differently about modern Britain.
Northern Ireland Screen
Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry, driving global growth through boosting our economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children’s education.
In pursuit of its mission, to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen offers focused intervention in the following areas:
• Production and development funding for film, television and digital content;
• A free information service and production support for filming in Northern Ireland, including locations FAM trips for incoming productions; help with sourcing crews and facilities; studio facilities Titanic Studios (with two new purpose-built sound stages) and the Linen Mill Studio
• Marketing Northern Ireland as a worldwide production location and promoting its product and talent
• Financial assistance for training and skills development.
• Investment in film education, heritage and archive, film festivals and cultural cinema
• The economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industry and screen culture is beginning to shine through across the wide range of activities which Northern Ireland Screen supports and encourages.
Northern Ireland Screen is funded by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland; the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL); and it is delegated by the Arts Council of NI (ACNI) to administer Lottery funding for film in Northern Ireland.
Wales Screen encourages film and television productions to use locations, crew and facilities throughout Wales. Part of the Welsh Government’s Creative Industries Sector team, Wales Screen assists both inward investment and indigenous productions on a practical basis, ensuring that their spend within the Welsh economy is maximised.