New funding to help catalyze more global success for independent film, television and video games in the UK

  • Funding of £21 million over three years will help the burgeoning screen industries build on their current international success
  • Films such as Living, The Miracle Club, Good Luck to You and Leo Grande have already benefited

The independent film, television, and video game industries will benefit from increased multi-million dollar funding to develop new talent, create jobs, and target new audiences around the world.

The UK screen industries boast global talent and have been one of the great success stories of the economy in recent years. It employs more than 200,000 people and entertains millions around the world.

The independent sector launched the careers of Daniel Craig, Florence Pugh and John Boyega and produced commercial and critical results for such as Belfast and St Maud. Globally successful video games include Ole Ole World Lost Words: Beyond the Page. The creative industries as a whole exported £41.4 billion of services in 2020.

The Government is confirming today that the UK’s Global Screen Fund will be extended for three years with additional funding of £21 million, which will support the industry to continue growing the economy and providing high-paying, highly skilled jobs to people in the UK. It follows a successful £7 million trial, which has backed more than 65 independent productions including Living, The Miracle Club, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande and Enys Men (which will soon screen at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival).

The funding will be used to increase UK film, television and video game exports to new regions. It will finance content distribution and marketing abroad, help productions promote their work at events such as film festivals, and support companies to hire new employees with specialized skills and work with them to increase global audiences. It will also help UK producers collaborate on content with international partners.

Creative Industries Minister Julia Lopez said:

There is a huge global demand for world-class screen content in the UK, and this new funding will help more films, TV shows and video games achieve international success.

By supporting producers to export their great content we will create jobs and revenue at home and help project UK culture, values ​​and creativity abroad.

Ben Roberts, CEO of BFI, said:

In its pilot year, the Global Screen Fund UK has already awarded more than 65 awards to support British companies building international partnerships and creating new export opportunities. Since international cooperation is fundamental to the production of new films and plays that audiences around the world want to see, continued support from the government in supporting our creativity will help enhance our participation and success in a growing competitive industry. We are proud of the incredible craft and talent in our screen industries and look forward to how we can help increase opportunities for the UK globally over the next three years from this core fund.

Edgar Wright, director and producer of independent films including Last Night in Soho, Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver, said:

Independent film and television are essential to the vitality of our remarkable industry. It allows for endless creativity, bold storytelling and the chance to take risks in producing truly original content for which the UK is known. It is great to see this additional support for independent producers providing opportunities to help our films and TV shows achieve international success so that audiences around the world can enjoy the extraordinary talent and unique stories we have to share.

Emily Morgan, Producer at Quiddity Films said:

I joined The Settlers as a minority co-producer alongside a wide range of international partners and an impressive array of funding awards from each of the countries involved. I really feel that it would have been impossible to raise enough funding from the UK to participate in the project without the support of the UK’s Global Screen Fund.

Government support last year helped drive record £5.6 billion in UK high-end film and television spending, with British productions including No Time To Die and The Father becoming global hits.

Successful government programmes, such as the Film and Television Production Reboot Scheme and the Specialized Tax Credit for Screen Sectors, have ensured that screen sectors in the UK have continued to thrive during the pandemic.

The UK Global Screen Fund, which will run until 2024/25, is divided into three branches:

International Distribution

Supporting the sale and distribution of British feature films in selected countries around the world. The funding will help British companies carry out promotional activities in target countries and at major film festivals. In its trial year, this tape supported films including Living, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, and Enys Men.

global business development

Support film, television and video game companies to develop business strategies to boost their international growth. In the pilot year, grants supported specialized personnel focused on exporting and developing content tailored to an international audience.

International co-production

Support UK producers to become partners in international co-production. This helps teams gain new skills and experience as well as share revenue from film and television projects. In the trial year, The Miracle Club and My Happy Ending were supported by this tape.

The international co-production space will reopen for orders on May 17, followed by international distribution and international business development lines that will be re-launched in the coming months.


Notes to Editors

More details about Global Screen Box UK

Companies will be able to apply for the international joint production line from May 17th. The following branches will open shortly thereafter.

Film and TV production restart scheme that supported £215 million in film production spending.

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