UK’s $25m Global Screen Fund extended for three years

After a successful pilot program which has supported over 65 productions, including the Cannes title ‘Enys Men’, the UK Global Screen Fund has been extended until financial year 2024/25.

The fund will pay out £21m ($25.7m) over three years to develop new talent, create jobs and target new audiences around the world for UK independent film, TV and video games.

It was established in 2021 with £7 million by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the British Film Institute (BFI) as an alternative to grants paid by Creative’s MEDIA program Europe that stopped after Brexit.

Supported films also include “Living”, “The Miracle Club”, and “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”.

The fund is divided into three sections. The International Distribution Fund will provide support for the sale and distribution of British feature films in selected countries around the world and will help with promotional activities in target countries and at major film festivals.

The International Business Development Fund will help film, television and video game companies develop business strategies to drive international growth. Additionally, the International Co-Production Fund will help UK producers become partners in international co-productions.

The International Coproduction stream will reopen to applications on May 17, followed by the other streams, which will be relaunched in the coming months.

A panel discussion on the fund, titled “Co-Producing with the UK – Meet the UK Global Screen Fund”, will take place at the UK Pavilion in Cannes on May 23. It will be moderated by fund manager Denitsa Yordanova and attendees include producers Sigrid Dyekjaer, Red Lava; Lizzie Gillett, Passion Pictures; Sonja Henrici, Sonja Henrici Creates; Shantelle Rochester, Ida Rose; Eva Weber, Mountainfilm; and Jackie Motsepe, CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Film.

UK Creative Industries Minister Julia Lopez said: “There is huge global demand for the UK’s world-class screen content and this new funding will help even more films, TV programs and video games. to achieve international success. By helping producers export their fantastic content, we will create jobs and income at home and help project UK culture, values ​​and creativity abroad.

Ben Roberts, CEO of BFI, said: “As international collaboration is fundamental to creating new films and drama that audiences around the world want to see, continued government support to sustain our creativity will help drive our participation and success. in a growing world. competitive industry. We are proud of the incredible craftsmanship and talent within our screen industries, and look forward to seeing how we can help grow the opportunities for the UK around the world over the next three years of this essential fund.

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