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The UK Film Centre was open in Cannes from Tuesday 8th May until Thursday 17th at Pavilion 117 in the International Village Riviera.

Open daily from 9am – 6pm, the Centre hosted topical industry events, showcased UK films and co-productions, acted as an information point for the UK film industry and offered meeting spaces and a café – this year we were offering a free teapigs tea to all delegates!

Our UK Film Centre partners included the British Film Institute (BFI), British Council, British Film Commission (BFC), Creative Scotland, Creative Skillset, Film Export UK, Film London and Northern Ireland Screen - in association with the UK government's GREAT campaign.

This year are sponsored partners were Elstree Studios, Harbottle & Lewis, Media Servicing, teapigs and Tiny Rebel. 

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Maximising International Incentives

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How to Budget the Inclusion Rider

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Changing Role of Agents

International agents on packaging projects and working with ta

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Blockchain 101

What is Blockchain and can it revolutionise film financing?

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The New Dealmakers

How are international companies successfully adapting to a changing marketplace.

May 2018

Brexit Update

Leaving the EU but staying in Europe

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Small Films, Big Impact

How Short Filmmakers can make the most of the International Festival Circuit

May 2018

Forging Global Collaborations

Successful international collaboration starts with understanding local markets.

May 2018

Hunt for the younger people

How to capture the 16-30 year-old audience

May 2017

The Practical guide to closing your film

May 2017

Talent Talk: I Am Not A Witch

May 2017

Star Power: How to develop film projects to attract world-class talent

May 2017

Beyond 25% Maximising the UK Tax Relief

May 2017

Talent Talk: Sea Sorrow

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Talent Talk: A Prayer Before Dawn

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Talent Talk: How To Talk To Girls At Parties

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Taking Point: Brexit Briefing

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Talking Point: Feels Like the first time

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Talking Point: UK & Brazil, The future of collaboration

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Talking Point: The power of film, the role of storytellers as cultural diplomats

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Talent Talk: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Film Funding

There are a number of sources for project development and production support in the UK which can often be combined.

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Making A Film In The UK

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Professional Services

Advice, training and business solutions for international and UK filmmakers.

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UK Filmmakers

Find organisations to support project development and production in the UK. Please note in Cannes international delegates are given preference rather than UK delegates, who often can be met back on UK soil.

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British Film Commission (National Agency & First Point of Contact)

The British Film Commission provides free, tailored production support for international producers on every aspect of making films and television in the UK including guidance on the UK’s film and television Tax Reliefs and sourcing the UK’s award-winning crew, talent, VFX & post facilities, studios and locations

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Regional and National Agencies

There are several public organisations across the UK which have offers in this area.

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Studios and Facilities

The UK’s network of purpose-built and alternative stage space can accommodate film and television productions of any size.

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Harbottle & Lewis

Harbottle & Lewis is a London-based law firm specialising in media, entertainment, technology and new media. They can provide information in relation to the legal issues which arise in film development, production and finance including in relation to EIS and SEIS.

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British Council

British Council Film is the link between UK films and filmmakers and new international audiences. Together with the British Council’s global network overseas we work to profile the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world, and work to find opportunities for creative exchange between UK filmmakers and international counterparts.

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Saffery Champness

The UK’s leading advisers to the film industry, with expertise on how to structure film productions in order to maximise the incentives available in the UK and ensure compatibility with other international incentives.

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BFI Network Talent Development

BFI NETWORK supports talent development across the UK – discovering, developing and funding bold original voices and giving bespoke support to new writers, directors and producers on the way to making their first feature. NETWORK is a partnership between Creative England, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film London, Northern Ireland Screen and Scottish Film Talent Network with backing from the BFI.

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Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset works for and with the screen-based creative industries – film, high end and other television, VFX, animation and games – to develop and safeguard the skilled workforce in the UK who are the foundation stone of their global success.

We manage a range of courses and programmes to tackle screen industry skills shortages and support film-making in the UK. We also run schemes to place trainees on productions and help screen professionals progress in the industry.

Contact us for advice on addressing your skills needs in the UK and how you can support film colleagues by offering them opportunities on your productions. During the festival, we look forward to discussing our work, although we might suggest meeting afterwards if more appropriate.

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BFI Film Fund - National Agency (And First Point of Contact)

The BFI is the lead agency for film in the UK. The BFI Film Fund has a number of funding strands, investing over £26m of Lottery funds per year to support film development, production (incl. majority and minority co-productions) and distribution activity in the UK.

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Bertha Doc Society Journalism Fund

Looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen.

With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, this fund looks for filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists.This fund is open to the international global doc-making community, rolling all year.

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Doc Society Circle Fund

The Doc Society Circle Fund supports the creative visions of filmmakers globally. Supported by a funders group bonded by a passion of enabling the very best in documentary film, this fund is invite-only. Our Doc Society film team will recommend projects that we encounter at film forums, film markets and through submissions across our existing programmes. We are unable to accept unsolicited applications or proposals.

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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 British Film Commission: www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk

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Creative England

Creative England offers a range of opportunities for film development and production and are particularly interested in regionally based filmmakers and projects, which articulate a strong regional voice and sensibility. Creative England also provides a film office service to productions filming in England, outside London, to create investment, jobs and profile. Visit creativeengland.co.uk for details.

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Film London

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, TV, 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.

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Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen offers a range of funding strands for script, project and slate development for feature film, television and digital content production funding. Incoming productions will be required to spend a proportion of the total production budget in Northern Ireland.

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Wales Screen

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.

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Elstree Studios

London's most versatile TV and Film Studio, Elstree Studios boasts seven film and TV stages, plus a green screen stage, providing more than 60,000sq ft. of stage space.  Stages range in area from 4,000 to 16,000sq ft. and from 25ft. to 50ft. in height, offering two of the tallest sound proof stages in Europe. Elstree also offers workshops, production offices, dressing rooms, wardrobe, make up rooms, post production facilities, green screen facilities, 500+ car parking spaces, 24/7 security, onsite catering along with a fantastic on site Media Village housing over 40 specialist media related companies.

Elstree Studios is superbly located close to the motorway network, international and local airports and is conveniently situated close to a high street environment which offers easy access to hotels, restaurants, shops and a train station.  Located 20 minutes from the heart of London, Elstree Studios is without doubt London's number one studio for film or television productions, tour rehearsal, promos, commercials or corporate events.

Some of the most famous films in the world have been produced at Elstree; Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Shining, Superman, Labyrinth to name a few from an endless list. Recent film credits include The Danish Girl, Paddington, Suffragette, The King’s Speech, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Jack the Giant Slayer, Hyde Park on Hudson, World War Z, Under The Skin and The World’s End. Elstree Studios also has plenty of high end drama such as Sony Left Bank Pictures, The Crown, Grantchester and Humans.  BBC Studioworks lease stages 8 and 9 within Elstree Studios. These are state of the art television studios for productions such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice, Britain’s Got Talent, A League of Their Own and Big Brother. Other light entertainment shows include The Chase, Pointless, Room 101 and Celebrity Juice.

www.elstreestudios.co.uk

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Belfast Harbour Studios

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T: +44 (0) 28 9023 2444

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3 Mills Studios

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Ealing Studios

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Long Cross Studios

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T: +44 (0) 1344 635 631

www.longcrossfilmstudios.com

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Pinewood Studios Group

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Titanic Studios

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The Bottle Yard Studios

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T: +44 (0) 117 357 6888

E: thebottleyard@bristol.gov.uk

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Twickenham Film Studios

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BFI Film Fund

The BFI is the UK's lead organisation for the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film, and is the UK’s largest public investor in film. Supporting first-class filmmaking through development, production (including majority and minority co-productions), distribution, international sales, export, film heritage and education.

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Doc Society Fund

The BFI Doc Society Fund aims to develop storytellers from all parts of the UK and all communities, backing feature projects (for cinema and other platforms, except for broadcast) with bold cultural and social ambitions. The Fund encourages talent to take risks on form and content, where the more commercial sector cannot.

Current applications close Friday 11th May at 12pm GMT.

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BFI NETWORK Talent Development

Made possible through National Lottery funding, BFI NETWORK exists to discover and support talented writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers.

We collaborate with film organisations and leading cultural venues across the UK to offer funding for short films, support for the development of first features and provide a range of professional and creative development programmes.

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Creative England

Creative England offers a range of opportunities for film development and production and are particularly interested in regionally based filmmakers and projects, which articulate a strong regional voice and sensibility. Creative England also provides a film office service to productions filming in England, outside London, to create investment, jobs and profile. Visit creativeengland.co.uk for details.

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Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland Screen Funding supports filmmakers based in Scotland who are working in live-action, animation and documentary, to develop a range of feature film projects that reflect Scotland’s culture, creativity and diversity.

Screen Funding will also support projects where producers based outside Scotland are developing and producing projects with writing and/or directing talent based in Scotland, and that promote Scotland, Scottish talent, crews, locations and tourism, and also benefit the Scottish economy.

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Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen offers a range of funding strands for script, project and slate development for feature film, television and digital content production funding. Incoming productions will be required to spend a proportion of the total production budget in Northern Ireland

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Film London

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, TV, 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.

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Ffilm Cymru Wales

Ffilm Cymru Wales advances the development of a creative, innovative and inclusive film culture. We prioritise Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and international collaboration.

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Creative Europe Desk UK

The MEDIA sub-programme offers a number of funding schemes for the film industry including Single Project and Slate Development funding as well as production funding for drama, animation and documentary projects intended for TV broadcast.

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BBC Films

BBC Films is the feature film-making arm of the BBC. It is firmly established at the forefront of British independent film-making and co-produces approximately eight films a year. Working in partnership with major international and UK distributors, BBC Films aims to make strong British films with range and ambition. We are committed to finding and developing new talent, as well as collaborating with some of the foremost writers and directors in the industry.

Applicants usually get in touch with BBC FILMS via an agent, or individually, as an established producer. BBC Films cannot accept any unsolicited material however the BBC Website provides full details of what they can offer.

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Film 4

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, whether new or established.  

Due to the large number of submissions Film4 receives, it can only accept proposals via production companies or agents.

For further information visit:  www.film4productions.com

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Regional Investment Funds

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BFI Certification & Tax Relief Unit

The BFI Certification Unit is the first point for contact for applicants wanting to qualify their film, high-end television programme, animation programme, video games or children’s television programme as British through the cultural test or as an official co-production and to access the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs. Qualifying a film as British can enable producers to access the UK’s film tax relief as well as to the BFI Film Fund or for funding in the UK’s nations and regions. The Certification unit offer guidance on the cultural test and official co-production, and the respective application process. The applicant must be a limited liability film production company (FPC) within the charge of UK Corporation tax and the company must be incorporated before principal photography begins.

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Northern Ireland Screen

The Development Screen Fund provides loans for company slates, pilots, gaming development and concept testing. Available to independent Northern Ireland production companies and European production companies with an office/staff in Northern Ireland. The Production Screen Fund offers funding for feature film, television and digital content production in the form of a recoupable loan. Productions are required to spend a proportion of the budget in Northern Ireland. The fund is open to all legally incorporated companies who can fulfil the British Cultural Criteria.

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Ffilm Cymru Wales

Ffilm Cymru Wales advances the development of a creative, innovative and inclusive film culture. While prioritising Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, we also encourage Wales’ creative community to engage with the world cinema sector; Almost a third of Ffilm Cymru Wales’ production investments are international co-productions, including I Am Not a Witch, Ethel & Ernest, and Moon Dogs.

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Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland Screen Funding supports projects from producers based outside Scotland who are developing and producing projects with writing and/or directing talent based in Scotland that promote Scotland, Scottish talent, crews, locations and tourism, and also benefit the Scottish economy.

Screen Funding also supports projects from producers and filmmakers not based in Scotland that create employment opportunities for Scottish crews, encourage the use of Scottish production facilities, provide significant opportunities for the professional development of Scottish based producers, and deliver a direct and significant economic benefit to Scotland.

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Regional Investment Funds

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BFI Certification & Tax Relief Unit

The BFI Certification Unit is the first point for contact for applicants wanting to qualify their film, high-end television programme, animation programme, video games or children’s television programme as British through the cultural test or as an official co-production and to access the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs. Qualifying a film as British can enable producers to access the UK’s film tax relief as well as to the BFI Film Fund or for funding in the UK’s nations and regions. The Certification unit offer guidance on the cultural test and official co-production, and the respective application process. The applicant must be a limited liability film production company (FPC) within the charge of UK Corporation tax and the company must be incorporated before principal photography begins.

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The Yorkshire Content Fund is a public-private investment fund for the TV, film, video games and digital sectors in Yorkshire and Humber, open to producers either based in Yorkshire or wishing to film or establish a base in the region.

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Welsh Government's Media Investment Budget

The Media Investment Budget can provide commercial funding for TV and film productions. Decisions to invest are made on a case by case basis, subject to budget availability and on the condition that productions shoot at least 50% of your production in Wales and 40% of the below the line production budget must be spent on goods and services supplied by businesses and individual freelancers located in and operating from or within Wales. This spend will need to be evidenced at the end of each project, through an independent, audited report.

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Isle of Man Digital Media Fund

Managed in-house at the Isle of Man Government, its new media fund will offer a range of funding options available to support international media content production. The £multi-million investment fund will encourage a growth of media activity on the Island and can be used in conjunction with a range of financial assistance grants offered by the Isle of Man Government to support locating production companies to the Island.

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West Midland Production Fund

The West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) was set up with the support of ERFD to invest in the production of feature length films and high-end TV dramas from companies based in the West Midlands, as well as from producers looking to establish a base to film in the region.

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The Media Investment Budget can provide commercial funding for TV and film productions. Decisions to invest are made on a case by case basis, subject to budget availability and on the condition that productions shoot at least 50% of your production in Wales and 40% of the below the line production budget must be spent on goods and services supplied by businesses and individual freelancers located in and operating from or within Wales. This spend will need to be evidenced at the end of each project, through an independent, audited report.

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For more information about the Media Investment Budget please email CreativeIndustries@gov.wales

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For more information, please contact Zoe Guilford at Isle of Man Film on +44 1624 685065 or at zoe.guilford@gov.im

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