Qualifying your animation programme as British under the cultural test for animation programmes means you can access the animation tax relief.

See the full criteria for UK creative industry tax reliefs.

The test is points-based and the project needs 16 of a possible 31 points to pass. It comprises four sections:

  • cultural content (up to 16 points)
  • cultural contribution (up to 4 points)
  • cultural hubs (up to 3 points)
  • cultural practitioners (up to 8 points)

Summary of points – cultural test for animation programmes

Apply for interim certification at any point before or during production in order to claim animation tax relief while still in production.

A final application must be submitted once the programme is complete and ready to be viewed by an audience. The application form below can be used for both interim and final certification.


Please read the guidance notes before making an application.

See the supporting documents section below for further information.

To apply for final certification you have to complete a new form, even if you have previously completed an interim application.

Supporting documents

The BFI requires additional supporting material to complete its assessment of your application.

These can be attached to your online application form:

  • shooting script
  • series bible, synopsis or treatment
  • production schedule
  • production budget (interim) or final cost report (final)
  • chain of title or underlying material declaration below [only if applying for points under section A3(b)]
  • copy of the completed programme (final)
  • accountant’s report (final – only if applying for points in sections C and D)

A printed copy of your application with a completed statutory declaration must be sent to us in order for us to begin our assessment. Virtual statutory declarations are not accepted.

The application form with the statutory declaration and any supporting documents that can’t be submitted online must be sent to:

The Certification Unit
British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN

To discuss your project, contact Anna Mansi, BFI Head of Certification, on +44 (0)20 7173 3214 or email certifications@bfi.org.uk.