UK government supports UK film and television on the world stage

  • UK film and television production restart program extended for a further six months to allow productions to continue
  • The latest extension of the program will support around 400 productions and 34,000 jobs

18 new film productions have received nearly £ 1million from the government’s UK Global Screen Fund, which helps UK films reach the international stage.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries also announced a six-month extension of Britain’s film and television reboot program to support around 400 more productions to benefit from the program.

It’s all part of the UK government’s commitment to the UK’s hugely prosperous screen sectors. This is an unprecedented set of support to help the creative industries rebuild better after the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure that Britain’s stories continue to be told, both domestically and internationally .

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

Our premier film and television industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs – which is why it was so important that we help it get back to business as part of our Jobs Plan.

It’s great that by extending the film and television production restart program we will give even more productions the confidence to keep rolling, supporting jobs across the UK and producing the film and the television we all love.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

Our brilliant film and television industry creates jobs, drives investment and sells the UK on screens big and small across the world.

Together, the UK Global Screen Fund and the UK Film & TV Production Restart Scheme are developing new opportunities in the sector and helping UK talent and creativity to develop, grow and reach audiences around the world, while protecting and supporting our brilliant producers and film companies across the country.

Today’s announcement follows previous UK Global Screen Fund funding for the films Ali & Ava and Mothering Sunday, supporting their official selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will help ensure the independent sector’s international success. – supporting the development of new talent and promoting stories from across the UK to be shared around the world.

The £ 500million UK film and television production restart program opened last year and has supported 835 productions working across the UK, protecting more than 70,000 jobs and £ 2.3 billion production expenses.

The latest extension, which means the program will now remain open for applications until April 30, 2022, will cover claims until June 30, 2022. This will support an additional six months of film and television production in the UK, protecting around 34,500 jobs and £ 1.2 billion in production spending.

Over the next six months, government and industry will work together to roll out the UK Film & TV Production program. In order to support the transfer of risk to the market, the program fees will increase to 2.5% from November 1. The fee increase will ensure that the current needs of the UK production industry are maintained while balancing the need for value for money for taxpayers.

BFI Managing Director Ben Roberts said:

With the eyes of the world on the UK this week as we kick off the BFI London Film Festival and celebrate the release of Bond, today’s announcement is great news for our screen industries, bringing a vital support for UK film and television and helping independent production reach new heights globally.

Stephen Kelliher, Managing Director of Bankside Films, said:

The UK Global Screen Fund is a dynamic and vital initiative which recognizes the importance of supporting the UK screen sector and UK films internationally. Our nation is blessed with exceptional talent that creates some of the most exciting cinemas in the world. This award is invaluable as it allows us to amplify the impact of British film in international markets by using new and innovative strategies with the aim of increasing the audience for British film worldwide, which in our opinion tour, has a positive impact on the sustained growth of companies in the sector.

Colin Williams, Creative Director of Sixteen South, said:

We are absolutely delighted to be one of the first recipients of a very valuable UK Global Screen Fund award. The Coop Troupe was started here in the UK by myself and children’s book author Alex T. Smith with huge ambitions to sell all over the world. We’re excited to have the series commissioned by France Televisions and Chinese media giant Tencent, along with other major international sales even before we begin production. The Coop Troop is our first CGI comedy series for ages 6-9 and we’re thrilled to be supported by the fund that really made this dream come true!


Notes to Editors:

Further information UK Global Screen Fund:

  • Funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and administered by the British Film Institute (BFI), the £ 7million UK Global Screen Fund pilot was launched in April to boost international content competitiveness UK by funding business development, co-production, international distribution and promotional activities to increase global reach and revenues.
  • The international distribution funding stream has reopened, giving UK sales agents a new opportunity to apply for support to increase their international promotion and sales of UK live action, animated and documentary feature film projects . Applications opened on September 14 and will close on December 15, 2021.
  • The productions that will receive international distribution awards from the UK Global Screen Fund are:
    • A Banquet, directed by Ruth Paxton from a screenplay by Justin Bull. With Sienna Guillory, Jessica Alexander, Ruby Stokes and Lindsay Duncan. The film received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is represented by HanWay Films Limited.
    • Ballywalter, directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah, written by Stacey Gregg and starring Seána Kerslake, Patrick Kielty. The dramatic comedy set in Northern Ireland is represented by Bankside Films.
    • Becoming Led Zeppelin, directed by Bernard MacMahon and co-written / produced by Allison McGourty. The feature documentary premiered at the Venice Film Festival and is represented by Altitude Film Sales.
    • Benediction, directed by Terence Davies and starring Jack Lowden as WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon. The biopic had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is represented by Bankside Films.
    • Brian and Charles, directed by Jim Archer and written by David Earl and Chris Hayward and starring David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, Lynn Hunter, Jamie Michie and Nina Sonsaya. The film is represented by Bankside Films.
    • Dalíland, directed by Mary Harron, written by John Walsh and starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Barbara Sukowa, Ezra Miller, Rupert Graves, Christopher Briney, Andrea Pejić and Suki Waterhouse. The Salvador Dalí biopic is represented by Bankside Films.
    • Good luck to you, Leo Grande, directed by Sophie Hyde from an original screenplay by Katy Brand, starring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack. The film is represented by Cornerstone.
    • Heart of Darkness, directed by Gerald Conn with voices composed of Bill Nighy, James Norton and Michael Sheen. The animated feature will see production take place in Wales, Ireland and Belgium and is represented by Celsius Entertainment.
    • The Kingdom of Kensuke, directed by Neil Boyle and Kirk Hendry, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and based on the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo. The international animated co-production is supported by Ffilm Cymru, Creative Wales and Film Fund Luxembourg with voiceovers including Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, Cillian Murphy and Raffey Cassidy. Represented by Bankside Films.
    • Spiked !, directed by Sean McCormack and written by David Freedman. The animated feature film is represented by Kapers Animation.
    • The Almond and The Seahorse, directed by Celyn Jones and Tom Stern, written by Jones and Kaite O’Reilly and starring Rebel Wilson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Trine Dyrholm, Meera Syal and Celyn Jones. The film is represented by Bankside Films.
    • The Gentle Sex, a comedy written by Dougie Brimson and Gary Lawrence, directed by John Adams and starring Dame Joan Collins. The film is represented by Evolutionary Films.
    • The real Charlie Chaplin, directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney and produced by Ben Limberg, John Battsek and Mike Brett. The feature documentary premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and is represented by Altitude Film Sales.
    • Unwelcome, directed by Jon Wright, written by Mark Stay and starring Hannah John-Kamen and Douglas Booth. The film, set in rural Ireland, is represented by Cornerstone.
    • Pre-sale title to be announced, represented by HanWay Films.
    • Pre-sale title to be announced, represented by Canoe Film.
  • The first two titles to receive international co-production awards from the UK Global Screen Fund are:
    • My Happy Ending, an official Israel / UK co-production. The feature film will be shot in Wales and the grant goes to UK producers Archface Films by Daisy Allsop with Big Book Media by Hannah Leader. The film is produced in partnership with Osnat Handelsman Keren and Pie Films by Talia Kleinhendler.
    • The Coop Troop, an unofficial UK / China / France co-production. Production of the animated television series will begin in October and overall animation will take place in France and Northern Ireland.

Additional Information UK Film and TV Reboot Program:

  • The UK Film and TV Production Restart Scheme is a government compensation scheme for productions that have been interrupted or delayed by the inability to obtain insurance for risks related to Covid-19.
  • The government is extending the scheme for a further 6-month period covering claims until June 30, 2022 and increasing fees to 2.5%. This will support another 400 productions, 34,500 jobs and £ 1.2 billion in production spending.
  • £ 500million was made available to the program by the government in July 2020, which was open for applications in October 2020 and is administered by a third-party administrator: Marsh Commercial.
  • The program has so far supported 835 productions working across the UK, protecting more than 70,000 jobs and £ 2.3 billion in production spending. This allowed the screen industry to rebound with early-half-year estimates for 2021 exceeding £ 3 billion.
  • The plan will now remain open for applications until April 30, 2022 and will cover claims until June 30, 2022.
  • Government and industry will work closely together to ensure a proper exit from the program during the extension. In order to support the transfer of risk to the market at the end of the scheme, the fees will increase from November 1.

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