Apply for British certification and tax relief

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 tax reliefs, 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 tax reliefs.

Notice regarding turnaround times and updated application forms

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. We have now launched the new cultural test and co-production application forms, you will need to create a new account to make an application. Once your account has been created you will be able to access the film, HETV, children's television, animation television and video game cultural test and co-production applications all from within your account. You can create an account and make an application using the 'Create account/Log in to account' tab below, or you can find it within each relevant cultural test and co-production tab below. As this is a completely new system to previous, you are unable to access any applications submitted through the old system.

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Apply for British certification

Qualify through the cultural test or as an official co-production.

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