Apply for British certification and expenditure credits

Find out how to qualify your film, high-end television programme, animation programme, children’s television programme or video game as British.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (2017), a video game awarded final certification

In order to qualify for the UK’s creative sector Audio-Visual Expenditure Credits (AVEC) or Video Game Expenditure Credit (VGEC), all films, animation and television programmes or video games must be certified as British through the cultural test or qualify as an official co-production.

The unit offers advice on qualification under the cultural tests, the UK’s bi-lateral co-production agreements and the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production.

Find out about the AVEC / VGEC system.

Notice regarding turnaround times

Please note our current turnaround time is 18 to 20 weeks from receiving your application to issuing a certificate, we would encourage productions and companies to build these longer timeframes into their schedules when applying for the cultural tests. Please apply as early as possible if you are under time constraints.

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Enhanced AVEC for lower budget film:

Independent Film Tax Credit

At Spring Budget 2024, the UK Government announced that it would introduce an Enhanced rate of the Audio Visual Expenditure Credit (AVEC) (also referred to as the UK Independent Film Tax Credit, IFTC). The Government stated that companies would be able to claim this from 1 April 2025, for costs incurred from 1 April 2024, provided they are a qualifying production which began principal photography on or after 1 April 2024.

The Finance (No.2) Act 2024 has now received Royal Assent (24 May) and included some of the parameters for Enhanced AVEC for lower budget films.

Further details on qualifying criteria still need to be legislated. Until such legislation is in place, the BFI is unable to assess or issue interim or final certificates to claim the Enhanced AVEC (IFTC).

This legislation is now a matter for the newly formed Government. We will provide further updates on this page as the situation develops.

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