Summary of points – cultural test for film

Find out how points for the cultural test for film are allocated.

Section A – cultural content

A1: Film set in the UK or a European Economic Area (EEA) – Up to 4 

A2: Lead characters British or EEA citizens or residents – Up to 4 

A3: Film based on British or EEA subject matter or underlying material – 4 

A4: Original dialogue recorded mainly in English or UK indigenous language or EEA language – Up to 6

Section B – cultural contribution

The film demonstrates British creativity, British heritage and/or diversity – Up to 4

Section C – cultural hubs


(a) At least 50% of the principal photography or SFX takes place in the UK – 2 

(b) At least 50% of the VFX takes place in the UK – 2 

(c) An extra 2 points can be awarded if at least 80% of principal photography or VFX or SFX takes place in the UK – 2 

C2: Music Recording/Audio Post Production/Picture Post Production – 1

Section D – cultural practitioners

D1: Director – 1 

D2: Scriptwriter – 1 

D3: Producer – 1 

D4: Composer – 1 

D5: Lead actors – 1

D6: Majority of cast – 1 

D7: Key staff (lead cinematographer, lead production designer, lead costume designer, lead editor, lead sound designer, lead visual effects supervisor, lead hair and makeup supervisor) – 1 

D8: Majority of crew – 1

Total all sections (pass mark 18) – 35 points

See the guidance notes for further information on points.