UK Global Screen Fund backs a further 14 international co-productions
The BFI has made a further 14 awards through its UK Global Screen Fund, boosting global opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector.
Financed through the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the awards allocate over £2.2m through the fund’s International Co-production strand, supporting UK producers to work as partners on international co-productions and help create new global projects.
This latest round of awards sees the UK co-producing with 18 territories and will be the first time the fund has supported projects with Czech Republic, Georgia, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Saudi-Arabia, Ukraine and USA. The funding will also support partnerships with: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg.
The funding, in the form of non-recoupable grants, supports UK independent companies as minority co-producers for feature films of all genres, and as majority and minority co-producers for TV projects in animation and documentary genre. The latest round of awards support ten feature films, including two animations and one documentary, as well as four TV projects, including three documentaries and one animation.
Creative Industries Minister Julia Lopez said: This Government funding has enabled some of the UK's fantastic independent film and TV companies to strike exciting global partnerships with companies in countries including Iceland, Mexico, Georgia and New Zealand.
“This will bolster the already strong international reputation of these UK sectors and I look forward to seeing the wide range of productions that are made, from documentary and animation to drama and much more.
Denitsa Yordanova, head of UK Global Screen Fund, said: “I am delighted that this latest round of UK Global Screen Fund awards supports such a diverse range of companies from across the UK, co-producing with an exciting mix of international territories. Spanning film and television across documentary, animation and fiction, each collaboration demonstrates global ambition and potential to reach new audiences and we look forward to following them on their journey to international success.”
Kamilla Kristiane Hodøl, producer at Elation Pictures, said: We are over the moon about the UK Global Screen Fund co-production support for The Damned. We have been working on this project for years, and we are very fortunate that the UKGSF was created at just the right time for us, providing co-production funding which might otherwise have been challenging to raise out of the UK. Their support was critical in getting our film across the line.
Natasha Dack, producer at Tigerlily Two added: “We are more than excited to be working with director Gary Hustwit on what will be the first career-spanning feature documentary about Brian Eno. The support from the UK Global Screen Fund for this cross Atlantic collaboration between First Film Co and Tigerlily Two will be invaluable in bringing this story of one of the most influential British creatives to the world.”
This article first appeared on our sister site, KFTV.
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