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International strategy

The BFI’s International Strategy aims to help UK film achieve maximum economic growth and cultural reach.

The strategy is the result of detailed consultation and research with the BFI’s partner agencies and industry stakeholders.

The International Strategy is underpinned by a budget of £1.5m per annum for the duration of Film Forever, the BFI’s five year plan which runs to 2017.

We identified a number of key areas for support and intervention on which the BFI will lead, and which will encompass and inform the activity of our funded partners and other agencies.

Key areas for support and intervention

  • Inward investment

    The BFI funds – and works with – the British Film Commission (BFC), and film agencies across the UK, to deliver economic growth through investment in the UK.

  • Film export

    The BFI international strategy builds on a number of interventions to understand and enhance the value of UK film exports.

  • International co-production funding

    International co-production funding

    We allocate some of our production funds to co-productions awards, to support both majority and minority UK co-productions.

  • Cultural exchange

    Our international strategy will help maximise the cultural, creative and diplomatic impact of our cultural programme.

  • Audiovisual policy

    The international political and regulatory environment has a huge impact on the conditions for growth in film.

  • Skills and talent

    The BFI will work in partnership with Creative Skillset and partner agencies to develop the best of UK’s film talent.

  • UK film-focused activity at international festivals, markets and other platforms

    Supporting UK-focused activities at important international festivals, markets or through other platforms or events.

  • Co-production

    Qualify for tax relief as an official co-production for film, high-end television, animation and children’s television programme.

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  • Distribution and exhibition funding

    Distribution and exhibition funding

    We support high-quality British and independent releases, increase film choice for audiences and offer a springboard for UK film exports.

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  • We Are UK FILM

    We Are UK FILM

    We represent UK filmmaking internationally at festivals and markets.

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