Our main regular funded partners are Creative England, Creative Skillset, Film Agency for Wales, Film London (including the British Film Commission), First Light and Northern Ireland Screen.
We also work with other UK organisations through our Lottery funding schemes on areas including skills, distribution, exhibition, education and strategic development.
Our current funded partners are:
British Film Commission
The British Film Commission (BFC) is managed by Film London and is funded with Grant-in-Aid and Lottery by the BFI. The BFC attracts, encourages and supports the production of international feature films in the UK. With offices in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free professional advice to help make productions in the UK a reality. The Partnerships team contact for the BFC is Liane Gillett.
Creative England took over from the Regional Screen Agencies on 1 October 2011 to administer the Regional Investment Fund for England. It is funded by the BFI with Grant-in-Aid and Lottery to implement the BFI’s strategic priorities for film in the English regions. As well as supporting film, Creative England also supports television, games and digital and creative services. The Partnerships team contact for Creative England is Ann Griffiths.
Creative Skillset is funded by the BFI with Lottery to support skills and training for film across the UK and should be the first port of call for filmmakers, employers, training providers and new entrants. Creative Skillset’s strategy – Bigger Future 2 – puts into action the skills training plan for the film industry to ensure the UK maintains its world-class position. The Partnerships team contact for Creative Skillset is Nikki Christie.
Film London is funded by the BFI with Grant-in-Aid and Lottery to implement the BFI’s strategic priorities for film in London. It promotes London as a filmmaking and film culture capital, covering film, television, video, commercials and new media and runs the Production Finance Market and London UK Film Focus. Film London is also home to the British Film Commission, which attracts international feature film production to the UK. The Partnerships team contact for Film London is Liane Gillett.
First Light is funded by the BFI with Lottery to help young people across the UK from all backgrounds develop their creative skills and confidence. Young people can work with industry professionals to lead high-quality digital media projects, which are entered into an annual awards scheme. Since it launched in 2001, First Light has helped more than 40,000 future creative professionals to write, act, shoot, light, direct, construct and produce over 1000 films and media projects. The Partnerships team contact for First Light is Nikki Christie.
Film Agency for Wales
The Film Agency for Wales is the sole Agency for film in Wales and is funded by the BFI through Grant-in-Aid to ensure that film’s economic, cultural and educational aspects are effectively represented in Wales. Established in July 2006 as a strategic agency, the Film Agency helps to foster a sustainable Welsh film industry and to promote a vibrant and dynamic film culture. The Partnerships contact for the Film Agency for Wales is Nikki Christie.
Northern Ireland Screen
The BFI supports the following Northern Ireland Screen initiative with Grant-in-Aid:
- The Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF), to support Irish language content and the Irish speaking independent production sector
- The Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund (USBF), to represent the heritage, culture and language of Ulster-Scots in moving image and nurture the Ulster-Scots independent production sector and content in Northern Ireland
The Partnerships team contact for Northern Ireland Screen is Nikki Christie.