UK Nationwide Organisations
Here are links to the UK's most prominent nationwide film organisations
Lady Macbeth (2016) directed by William Oldroyd - Supported by iFeatures, the low budget feature film fund supported by Creative England, BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset
British Film Institute (BFI)
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. Founded in 1933, it is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. In 2011 it was given additional responsibilities, becoming a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film, widening its strategic focus.
The BFI now combines a cultural, creative and industrial role. The role brings together activities including the BFI National Archive and BFI distribution, its cultural programmes, publishing and festivals with Lottery investment for: film production; distribution, exhibition and audience development; education and market intelligence and research.
The BFI also has an International Strategy which aims to help UK film achieve maximum economic growth and cultural reach through support for: international co-production funding; film export; support of UK-focused activities at important international film festivals, markets and events; cultural exchange; skills and talent; audiovisual policy
Departure for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)
The UK government ministerial Departure for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) aims to to help make Britain a highly creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business. DCMS aims improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries. Through its policies and initiatives DCMS protects and promotes the UK's cultural and artistic heritage, and helps businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation, it also highlights Britain as a fantastic place to visit. As a result DCMS is responsible for funding and formulating policy on UK Arts. This includes the oversight and funding of the UK's main film organisation British Film Institute, who receive annual core grant-in-aid and income from the National Lottery to distribute.
DCMS works with over 40 agencies and public bodies in the delivery of the UK government's arts, culture, media and sports policies.
The British Council is the official UK agency for international cultural relations. 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. Our Film Team promotes new British films (feature-length work and shorts) and filmmakers internationally, principally through festivals and showcases.
Alongside Film, the Council has a vibrant Arts Group, and units devoted to work in English, Education and Society and much more, with a network of offices and staff in 110 countries.
Creative England is not-for-profit company which accelerates talent and ideas across tech, games, film and TV, supporting creative people and businesses to help turn ideas into a reality, aiming to drive creative prosperity in the UK.
From direct investment and soft loans to business mentoring, Creative England champions the best ideas of talented people and their businesses. As a not-for-profit organisation Creative England mobilises public and private resources to garner support and investment for the creative industries.
Creative Europe Desk UK
Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe (the European Union's programme to support the audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors from 2014-2020 ), and provides free advice and support for applicants from the UK. Creative Europe Desk UK’s team of specialists is based across the UK (in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast) and organises workshops, seminars and industry events.
Launched in January 2014, Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and an EU MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games. Funding is available for training and networking opportunities for producers, video game developers, distributors, sales agents, audiovisual training providers, organisers of festivals, markets and networks, film education specialists and cinema exhibitors. One of the main objectives of the programme is to increase the competitiveness of European audiovisual sector by creating opportunities to work internationally and to reach out to new audiences.
Film London is the capital’s film and media agency incorporating the British Film Commission. Film London sustains, promotes and develops London as a major international filmmaking and film cultural capital. This includes all the screen industries based in London – film, television, video, commercials, games and VFX. The agency is directly involved in the funding and support of events such as the London Screenings, a sales screening event and the Production Finance Market (PFM). Film London also has a role in encouraging inward investment into the UK in a public/private partnership with Warner Bros., Pinewood Studios Group, the Production Guild, UK Screen Association and others.
Film London is active in and offers support in these key areas: London Locations; Funding for feature length, shorts and artists films; Talent development; Training & Support; Industry Events; Film Exhibition; London's Screen Archives
Creative Scotland is the national is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland on behalf of all who live, work or visit Scotland. The organisation invests in Screen arts, including feature film production and short film production initiatives. Creative Scotland aims to develop audiences, invest in film training and education and promote Scotland as a location.
Creative Scotland distributes arts funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery
Ffilm Cymru Wales (formerly Film Agency for Wales)
Ffilm Cymru Wales is the sole agency for film in Wales, with a remit to help develop a film sector in Wales and maximise the economic, educational and cultural benefits of film. Established in 2006 as a strategic agency, Ffilm Cymru Wales supports Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and mentoring opportunities. Ffilm Cymru Wales also supports film exhibition, aiming to bring film makers and audiences together by encouraging more people to see more films in more venues.
The agency also promotes the use of film in education and community regeneration, producing educational resources in conjunction with teachers to aid literacy and general learning.
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 the economy, celebrating Northern Ireland culture and enhancing children’s education. Northern Ireland Screen's mission to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland is supported by intervention in the following areas: Production and development funding for film, television and digital content; Information and locations service and production support for filming in Northern Ireland; Custom-built studio facilities; Marketing of Northern Ireland as a worldwide production location and promoting its product and talent; Financial assistance for training and skills development; Production funding for Irish Language and Ulster-Scots programming; Investment in film education, heritage and archive, film festivals and cultural cinema.
Northern Ireland Screen is funded by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and the Department for Communities; it is delegated by the Arts Council of NI (ACNI) to administer Lottery funding for film in Northern Ireland.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. Annual awards (the BAFTAs) are presented to individuals and companies in the disciplines of Film, Television and Gaming. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA offers a range of talent development initiatives, and supports a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offer unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages (including children) and backgrounds across the regions of the UK, and also in Los Angeles and New York (BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA East Coast).
British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC)
The BBFC is an independent, non-governmental body which classifies film, video and computer and console-based games which are commercially released for the UK market.
The BBFC online database offers a searchable record of classification decisions taken from 1913 onwards. The BBFC also offers a wealth of resources for pupils, students and teachers interested in classification issues, including access to the BBFC's vast archives and a programme of events and seminars.
The Film and Television Charity (formally the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund) provides advice, support and financial assistance to people who work, or have worked, in the UK film, TV and cinema industry.
The charity offers a Film & TV Support Line, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can be contacted via email, web chat or by calling on 0800 054 0000. Offering confidential advice in areas like money worries, bullying and harassment, career development, as well as anxiety and depression. The Support Line can put you in touch with counsellors as well as legal and financial professionals.
The Film & Television Charity also runs talent development programmes including the JBAs (John Brabourne Awards), The Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing programme, and the Richard Attenborough Scholarship. The charity similarly offers support for travel costs with the Going Places Fund, and for families needing financial help with childcare or caring responsibilities with the Family Support Fund.
Compact Media Group – Collection Account Management (CAM)
Established in 1996, Compact Media Group is a UK based Film & TV revenue collection agent working for many film clients worldwide. The expanding volume of different revenue streams in the digital age and the complexity of film financing increases the importance of appointing an independent collection agent. Monies (from Cinema, TV and digital sales) due to all interested parties are paid according to a Collection Account Management Agreement (CAMA) with contracted deadlines, and the service is used by financiers, sales agents, producers, talent and investors.
FDA (Film Distributors' Association)
FDA is the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK - the companies that release films for UK cinema audiences. Their website hosts a searchable database of films for release in the UK over the recent and coming months.
The FDA represents the distribution stance in regular representations to and consultations with the BFI, the government and other trade organisations in the film industry. FDA is engaged in the industry's on-going efforts to combat film piracy and theft.
Freeway Entertainment (incorporating National Film Trustee Company NFTC)
Incorporating the NFTC since 2010, Freeway is the foremost film revenue collection and monitoring agency operating from the UK, providing dedicated collection account management, licensing and distribution services to a range of asset holders, including producers, sales agents, distributors, completion guarantors and financiers.
It operates with the twin purposes of disbursing revenue in the order that has been agreed by all parties to the Collection Account Management Agreement (CAMA) and providing an efficient, independent and ongoing revenue collection account management service for feature film financiers, producers and third party beneficiaries with a financial interest in the exploitation of a film.