Applications for co-production funding are made in the usual way, as per the Film Fund’s production awards.
Films supported in this way would still need to qualify as a British film under either:
- The cultural test for film
- The European Convention on cinematographic co-productions, or
- One of the UK’s official bi-lateral co-production agreements.
For more information and our co-production guidance notes, please visit the British certification and tax relief page.
The co-production funding is not intended for documentaries, which will be considered through the documentary pitching strand.
As of 1 April 2013, the BFI Film Fund has committed up to £1m per annum to encourage creative excellence in co-production where the majority of the creative input comes from one of the UK’s partner countries.
Priority will be given to projects where:
- A world-class, non-British filmmaker wishes to engage with UK talent or cultural content
- UK involvement enhances the international appeal of an exceptional project that has been originated outside of the UK
- An international project gives an opportunity to an outstanding, emerging talent from the UK.
Before making an application, please make sure you have carefully read our guidelines.
Find out more about the BFI’s international strategy.
Useful links for UK and international producers
- Accessing the UK’s film tax relief
- Countries with a co-production treaty with the UK
- Finding a UK co-producer and other UK talent (database searchable by year and genre)
- Importing equipment and international crew working in the UK, and sourcing UK crew, facilities and locations.
More: WE ARE UK FILM brings together the UK’s film commissions, national and regional agencies, producers and sales companies under one umbrella to provide clear information about our outstanding locations, services, films and talent. We stand together to represent the UK Film Industry and enable connections with both national and international partners.