Sources of funding for international filmmakers

Public film funding

There are a number of sources for project development and production support in the UK which can often be combined. Please visit websites via the links below for more information.

National agency and first point of contact

  • BFI Film Fund

    The BFI is the lead agency for film in the UK. The BFI Film Fund has a number of funding strands, investing over £26m of Lottery funds per year to support film development, production (incl. majority and minority co-productions) and distribution activity in the UK.

Regional and national agencies

  • Creative Scotland Film and Television Funding Programme

    The Film and Television Funding Programme provides support to emerging and established film and television talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland’s creativity.

  • Creative England Fund

    Creative England offers a number of funds for development and production funding. All strands have flexibility with respect to international projects. Creative England is particularly interested in projects from regionally-based filmmakers or which have a strong regional voice.

  • Northern Ireland Screen Fund

    Northern Ireland Screen offers a range of funding strands for script, project and slate development and feature film, television and digital content production funding. Incoming productions will be required to spend a proportion of the total production budget in Northern Ireland.

  • Ffilm Cymru Wales Development, Production and Cross Media Funds

    Ffilm Cymru Wales aims to identify and nurture Welsh filmmakers – particularly producers, writers and directors – by supporting and encouraging the development of their work and ambitions.

UK tax relief

  • BFI Certification Unit

    Qualifying a film as British can enable producers to access the UK’s film tax relief as well as apply to the BFI Film Fund, or for funding in the UK’s nations and regions. The BFI Certification Unit is the first point of contact for applicants wanting to qualify their film, high-end television programme, animation programme and video games as British and to access the UK’s creative sector tax reliefs. The applicant must be a limited liability film production company (FPC) within the charge of UK Corporation tax and the company must be incorporated before principal photography begins.

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Regional investment funds

  • Isle of Man Media Development Fund

    The Isle of Man Media Development Fund has a range of funding options available to UK Film and TV productions as well as games, including equity finance investment, gap finance and discounting of the UK tax credit and pre-sales of a project. The Fund has an evergreen budget of £25m and is administered by Pinewood Pictures.

  • Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget

    The Media Investment Budget is a fund of £30m to be used on film and TV productions filming in Wales and incurring Welsh spend. The Pinewood Pictures-administered Fund targets film and television projects that can shoot at least 50% of principal photography in Wales.

  • Yorkshire Content Fund

    The Yorkshire Content Fund is a public-private investment fund for the TV, film, video games and digital sectors in Yorkshire and Humber, open to producers either based in Yorkshire or wishing to film or establish a base in the region.

Professional support and guidance

  • Trainees: Creative Skillset

    Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent by providing investment for individuals and businesses to grow.

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  • Making a film in the UK

    Get assistance with finding the right funding agency to work with and sourcing key crew, talent, facilities and locations across the UK.

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