Co-producing allows pooling of creative, financial and technical expertise and resources as well as a sharing of risk.
An official UK co-production is a film production between the UK and one or more countries made under one of the UK’s official bi-lateral co-production treaties or the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production.
Qualifying as an official co-production, and therefore as a British film means eligibility to apply for:
- UK Film Tax Relief
- BFI Film Fund
- Support from National film agencies Creative England, Ffilm Cymru, Northern Ireland Screen and Screen Scotland (depending on producer’s location)
- International sales and distribution support
Further benefits include:
- British qualification can be a requirement for entry to some film festivals and awards
- British qualifying films also count as local content for UK TV
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