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More British film and screen content will reach an international stage thanks to a £7m UK Global Screen Fund launched by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

Developed in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI), the fund will support the UK independent screen sector to export their productions to markets around the world, helping them to compete globally and bringing further recognition to the world-renowned British film industry.

With this support, even more independent UK-based productions will join mainstream global hits, such as The King’s Speech, The Favourite and Paddington, developing new talent and creating even more jobs.

The UK screen sector has a strong and vibrant history and huge international potential for further growth. Prior to COVID-19, UK independent film spent over £200m on production and provided a launchpad for global stars such as Riz Ahmed, Carey Mulligan, Olivia Colman and Jude Law.

While the fund will focus on independent film, it will also support a range of other screen content, including animation, documentary, television and interactive narrative games - promoting the best stories and content from every corner of the UK.

It will help UK content to become more competitive internationally by funding business development and co-production, as well as supporting promotion of screen productions and distribution to help reach larger global audiences and drive revenue.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: "The United Kingdom has an independent screen industry to be proud of. World renowned, our film, TV, video game and animation industries create jobs and growth the length and breadth of the UK.

"The UK Global Screen Fund will export the extraordinary talent and creativity of the UK to audiences across the globe, supporting our talented filmmakers and screen businesses to compete and grow."

Actor and Producer, Jude Law, commented: "There is enormous recognition and respect world-wide for British film and television. It’s a prominent breeding ground for great storytelling and creativity, pioneering opportunities internationally. This additional investment will assist in sparking new international partnerships for the UK industry, generating more jobs and taking our productions to new global audiences."

Actor and Producer, Gemma Arterton, added: "Whether in front of the camera, or behind, the joy of filmmaking is in the sharing of stories that simply resonate with people. This new fund will help more UK projects and more UK companies reach new international audiences and achieve success with the exciting, independent, boundary-pushing content that we are all so proud of."

The fund will also provide networking and development opportunities across the sector, improving access particularly for those in the nations and regions less historically able to export content internationally.

The UK Global Screen Fund will support independent companies across the UK, ensuring a UK-wide benefit and addressing geographic imbalance within the industry. The Fund will consider where companies are based, where projects are made and how projects reflect the culture and talent of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English regions outside Greater London.

The screen content eligible for the fund includes:

  • feature-length and episodic fiction
  • documentary and animated content for film and television
  • interactive digital projects with narrative content (‘interactive narrative games’), for distribution via digital platforms

This pilot follows the government’s announcement that over 350 productions have registered for the government’s £500m Film and TV Production Restart Scheme which has protected over 35,000 jobs across the sector.

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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