The Uk Film Council

info on the uk film council


About The UK Film Council 1

The UK Film Council is the Government-backed lead agency for film in the UK ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad.

Where our funding goes: Every year we distribute around £27 million from the National Lottery and £27 million from the Government to support:

  • script development
  • film production
  • short films
  • film export
  • distribution
  • cinema
  • film education
  • culture and archives
  • festivals and audience support schemes.
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About The UK Film Council 2

Our four key aims:

  1. Build a competitive film industry with the creativity and skills to succeed
  2. Stimulate greater choice for film audiences
  3. Widen opportunities to learn about film and encourage more people to use them
  4. Promote UK film around the world
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filming in the UK


  • A generous tax credit
  • Highly competitive costs
  • World-class acting talent
  • An extensive crew base of experienced and professional technicians
  • A diverse range of unique locations
  • 1st class studios, post production, VFX and music facilities
  • Substantial infrastructure and expert support companies
  • Production funds available from UK Film Council and the network of UK Screen Agencies
  • The services and support of UK organisations:
    • The Office of the British Film Commissioner
    • The UK Film Council Certification Unit
    • The network of UK Screen Agencies
    • UK Film Council-US
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tax relief 1

how films qualify?

  • Tax relief is available for British qualifying films. Films must either pass the Cultural Test or qualify as an official co-production.
  • Films must be intended for theatrical release.
  • Films, including those made under official co-production treaties, must reach a minimum UK spend requirement of 25%.
  • Tax relief is available on qualifying UK production expenditure up to a maximum of 80% of total qualifying costs. There is no cap on the amount which can be claimed.
  • The film production company (FPC) responsible for the film needs to be within the UK corporation tax net
who it is avalible to
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tax relief 2

UK film tax relief is available to Film Production Companies (FPC).

  • The FPC is defined as the company responsible for the principal photography and post production of the film and for the completion of the finished film. (There is no requirement for the film rights to be owned by the FPC at the time the film is completed).
  • The FPC must be within the UK corporation tax net.
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We work to make non-mainstream films more accessible in three ways:

  • Improving access – our Digital Screen Network is made up of 240 digital screens across the UK that now show non-mainstream films regularly.
  • Raising awareness – Our Prints and Advertising Fund provides £4 million every year to help British distributors promote non-mainstream films.
  • Increasing information – our website, is one of the UK's leading websites for film fans looking to watch, buy, download or rent great films..
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Digital screen network

  • Digital screening cuts the cost of releasing films
  • £12 million investment
  • They Equipped 240 screens in 210 cinemas across the UK with digital projection technology to give UK audiences much greater choice.
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