British Film Institute

UK’s Covid-19 fund opens as survey reveals huge hit on freelancers

The UK’s Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund has opened for applications after being launched by the British Film Institute (BFI) and The Film & TV Charity, which has also revealed the deep impact of the crisis on the freelance community. The time-limited fund – applications will remain open for two weeks – offers […]

Netflix donates $1.2m to BFI, Film & TV Charity’s Covid-19 fund

The UK’s British Film Institute (BFI) and The Film and TV Charity have launched a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, with a £1m ($1.2m) donation from Netflix. The scheme is designed to support the creative community by providing emergency short-term relief to the thousands of active workers and freelancers who have […]

David Abraham’s Wonderhood secures $1.3m from BFI’s private equity fund

Wonderhood Studios, the prodco founded by ex-Channel 4 CEO David Abraham, has received almost £1m ($1.3m) from a private equity-backed investment fund backed by the British Film Institute (BFI). The UK Creative Content EIS Fund was launched this summer by Calculus Capital and Stargrove Pictures, with the scheme offering tax breaks to investors. The deal […]

High-end TV investment spend hits £478m in UK

Spend on high-end TV production in the UK hit a record £478 million (US$600 million) in 2016, official figures show. Data from the British Film Institute’s Research and Statistic Unit reveal inward investment spend – show funded from outside the UK – grew 11% year-on-year, with ‘repeat business’ productions such as Game of Thrones, Outlander […]

New UK/Morocco copro treaty to include TV shows

TV productions are to be included in a new film coproduction pact between the UK and Morocco. The UK and Moroccan governments have signed the copro pact, which will begin with feature films before extending into television series at a later date, it is expected. Under terms of the pact, the British Film Institute will […]

First UK producers receive tax break confirmation

A pair of CBeebies toons and three BBC One dramas are the first UK projects to officially qualify for new television production tax breaks. The CBeebies series are Karrot Entertainment’s Sarah and Duck (pictured) and Famous Flying Films and Mackinnon & Saunders-produced Calamity Island, while Red Planet Pictures’ crime series By Any Means, Origin Pictures’ […]