Post-Brexit UK Global Screen Fund is renewed


– After launching in April this year, the £ 7million fund was renewed for another three years, with international producers also benefiting

Denitsa Yordanova, Director of the UK Global Screen Fund

After confirming its renewal last month, we got a clearer picture of the reach of the UK Global Screen Fund (UKGSF), established earlier this year with the aim of filling the Brexit void in the film industry. British independent. . Following a more cautious allocation of funds, nine more international co-productions, mostly backed by European countries, received a share of £ 1.32million of the £ 7million annual offering – all of which were selected for their market attractiveness, while helping to consolidate the growth of local films abroad. In addition to offering independent grants from this program, the BFI administers the fund, which is provided to them from the £ 42million the government allocated to the creative industries in the last budget. Denitsa Yordanova, formerly of television companies All3Media and Endemol Shine, is the executive at the helm of the program.

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The fund is divided into three components: co-production (where the above awards come from), distribution and international business development. The recipients of the latter installment were also recently confirmed, with a total of £ 2.1million awarded to 25 UK-based production companies – many of whom are famous for a host of high-profile and award-winning films, but need additional support for the industry in international television production. Stephen woolley and Elizabeth karlsen‘s Number 9 Films (makers of Carole [+see also:
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Even in the final days of the UK’s participation in the Creative Europe – MEDIA program, the country had participated in fewer international co-productions than before, as CEO of BFI Ben roberts highlighted last month. The films winning production awards run the gamut from commercial and actor-oriented films aimed at older audiences – as the UK industry specializes in – to family animation, as well as works by promising authors who could thrive on the festival circuit. . Singaporean director Anthony chen (which won the Cannes Camera d’Or in 2013 for Ilo Ilo) is one of those filmmakers, making Derivative, a Franco-British production supported by the UKGSF, the shooting of which is scheduled for the beginning of next year. There is also Eva weber‘s Merkel, a documentary about the outgoing German Chancellor and a British-German-Danish co-pro, who has already struck a series of key distribution deals. Chris Andrews‘Thriller in French Shoot them down is a co-production under the European Convention between the United Kingdom, Belgium and Ireland, also co-financed by MUBI, with Paul Mescal and Tom burke direct the cast.

At the Westminster Media Forum policy conference last month, Roberts explained in more detail the idea behind the program: “The independent cinema business model is under increasing pressure, with film funding from private lenders, equity and bank loans being scarce. This leads to increased dependence on very limited public funds, such as the BFI and public broadcasters. There is added pressure on distributors, financiers and sales agents due to the rapid changes in the way people watch movies. He further echoed the ‘enchantment’ of the UKGSF’s pursuit, helping UK producers find international partners and boost exports, though a full economic review of the ‘value chain’ for British independent films are also underway. , courtesy of the BFI.

“Our goal is to obtain strong and reliable evidence to strengthen our national film industry in terms of production, distribution and exploitation, and to start increasing its value over the next decade,” said Roberts.

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