United Kingdom

Funding bodies

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The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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Ffilm Cymru Wales advances the development of a creative, innovative and inclusive film culture. We prioritise Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and international collaboration.

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To support and promote creative film industry talent and production / Details will be published soon

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The fund exists to address the issue of a lack of access to capital for media and digital companies that need to part­finance the production of projects. It aims to finance such projects and make a return to create a legacy fund for these industries within the region. It also aims to create jobs...

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To support projects from emerging and established screen talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland's creativity to the world.

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Creative England has supported UK films via Lottery funds and the West Midlands Production Fund. We are currently reviewing our production funds with further information forthcoming available on our website.

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The Northern Ireland Screen Fund is intended to assist in completing production budgets which are almost fully financed as an equity partner. However each deal is negotiated on a film by film basis.

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Film London is the capital's screen industries agency. It work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city's new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture.

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The BFI is the UK's lead organisation for the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film, and invests Lottery funding in film development, production, distribution, sales, export, film heritage and education. The BFI certification unit is the first point of contact for accessing the UK’s creative...

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Regulation

Citizens of teh following countries need a
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, People's Republic of China (unless they hold a passport issued by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or Macao Special Administrative Region), Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (North), Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian , Territories, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan (unless they hold a Taiwan passport which , includes the number of the identification card issued by the competent authority in Taiwan), Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela (unless they hold a Venezuelan passport which contains biometric information held in an electronic chip),Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the territories formerly comprising the socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
For more details please consult: https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa

Nationals of the EU/EEA Member States and Switzerland are able to work without restriction in the UK,
For Bulgarian and Romanian citizens: they need to find an employer who applies for a work permit letter of approval from the UK Border Agency. Once this has been issued, they have to apply for an "accession worker card". This card is linked to a specific employer and job. If they want to change job, a new card has to be obtained.
Approvals under the work permit arrangements are generally only given for skilled jobs and where suitably qualified resident labour is unavailable to fill the vacancy. However, the work permit arrangements also include the Sector Based Scheme under which a quota of permits may be issued for lower skilled jobs in the food processing industry. There are a few exceptions to the requirement of obtaining a work permit and an accession worker card, for example the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme and the Highly Skilled Workers Programme. - Citizens from all other countries need to go through a full work permit and residence permit application.

The UK has a streamlined permitting process. Local authorities all have dedicated film offices to get things processed efficiently and quickly. Permits in the cities generally require a minimum of 2 weeks notice however in certain circumstances this process can be reduced to 7 days. Films are generally free to shoot anywhere however commercial shoots are restricted from shooting on certain national sites such as government buildings. The following does apply though:

  • Road closures require four weeks notice
  • Parking units requires 5 days minimum notice
  • Clearing a street of cars requires 10 days notice.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit http://www.londonchamber.co.uk

Standard Rate 20% (since Jan 2011) Reduced Rate 5% UK VAT Recovery Time: 6-8 months UK VAT Registration Non-Resident: £77,000 per annum (from December 2013).

The types of work eligible for copyright protection include a literary, dramatic, artistic or musical work, the typographical arrangement of a published edition, a sound recording, a film, or a broadcast. Cinema films made before 1 June 1957, the date on which the Copyright Act 1956[1] came into force, are not protected as film. They are either protected as a dramatic work under the Copyright Act 1911 (the 1911 Act) or as a series of photographs. Wireless broadcasts prior to 1 June 1957 are not protected at all. The 1911 Act made no provision for them, as broadcasting had not as yet been invented when the Act was passed. Broadcasts by cable prior to 1 January 1985 are not protected at all either. Both the Acts of 1911 and 1956 made n o provision for broadcasts by cable, as they had not been defined and protected as either "works" or "broadcasts" of either Acts.

Social security rates for 2012/2013: 13.80% for employers on weekly earnings above £ 139, with no ceiling, 12.00% for employees on weekly earnings between £ 139 and £ 817 and dropping to 2% therafter. Contributions are collected under the Pay-as-you-Earn (PAYE) system. Employers must pay National Insurance contributions on the provision of taxable benefits in kind (for example, housing provisions or company car benefits).

Film Commissions

Bath

As part of Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Bath Film Office promotes and assists film-making in our area to ensure that your shoot runs as smoothly as possible, whether it's a feature film, travel programme, documentary, stills shoot, commercial or student short. We're also happy to provide...

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Wembley Middlesex

We are the home of Wembley and the place to experience multi-cultural London. This cosmopolitan borough offers an abundance of film locations with stark contrasts of inner city and genteel suburbia. The architectural styles range from Victorian terrace to country cottages and thatched houses. We have...

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Bristol

Bristol Film Office is a free service to all productions planning to film in the city, dedicated to making your film, television or commercial photography shoot run as smoothly as possible when on location in Bristol.

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London

The British Film Commission (BFC) is the national body in charge of attracting, encouraging and supporting the production of international feature films in the UK. With offices in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free professional advice to help make productions in the UK a reality. The British Film...

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London

Camden Council office providing a one stop shop service for film makers, through liaison with the police, highways authorities and Council departments. Charges apply.

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Birmingham

Creative England works to support and promote the creative industries in England, outside London. England offers some of the very best locations, crew, facilities and studios in the world – Creative England offer a free service to help your production find and access them, and can liaise with local...

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Bristol

Creative England works to support and promote the creative industries in England, outside London. England offers some of the very best locations, crew, facilities and studios in the world – Creative England offer a free service to help your production find and access them, and can liaise with local...

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Manchester

Creative England works to support and promote the creative industries in England, outside London. England offers some of the very best locations, crew, facilities and studios in the world – Creative England offer a free service to help your production find and access them, and can liaise with local...

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Nottingham

Creative England works to support and promote the creative industries in England, outside London. England offers some of the very best locations, crew, facilities and studios in the world – Creative England offer a free service to help your production find and access them, and can liaise with local...

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Hertfordshire

Creative England works to support and promote the creative industries in England, outside London. England offers some of the very best locations, crew, facilities and studios in the world – Creative England offer a free service to help your production find and access them, and can liaise with local...

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Edinburgh

Creative Scotland can provide information about filming in Scotland to film and television companies. They can help with: location finding and negotiations with location owners; useful local contacts – including the police and local authorities; local information – crew contacts, production facilities,...

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Glasgow

Creative Scotland can provide information about filming in Scotland to film and television companies. They can help with: location finding and negotiations with location owners; useful local contacts – including the police and local authorities; local information – crew contacts, production facilities,...

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Cardiff

The Film Agency for Wales can provide information about filming in Wales to film and television companies. They can help with: location finding and negotiations with location owners; useful local contacts – including the police and local authorities; local information – crew contacts, production facilities,...

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London

Launched in 2004, Film London is the capital's public agency for feature film, television, commercials and other interactive content, including games. The government has charged Film London with developing and managing a national strategy to generate inward investment through film production via a public-private...

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Douglas

Isle of Man Film, formerly known as the Isle of Man Film Commission, was first set up in 1995 as part of the Isle of Man Government's economic 32 diversification policy. Over recent years, the Isle of Man has become one of the busiest areas of film production in the British Isles. IOM Film’s mandate...

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Gateshead

Northern Film and Media can provide information about filming in the North East of England to film and television companies. They can help with: location finding and negotiations with location owners; useful local contacts – including the police and local authorities; local information – crew contacts,...

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Belfast

Northern Ireland Screen can provide information about filming in in the Northern Ireland to film and television companies. They can help with: location finding and negotiations with location owners; useful local contacts – including the police and local authorities; local information – crew contacts,...

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London

Southwark Film Office handles all film enquiries on behalf of the London Borough of Southwark. We issue licences, permits and permission for filming. Our first concern is the well being of Southwark's residents and businesses. We have a duty to ensure that film makers do not create an unnecessary disturbance,...

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Dundee

Tay Screen/North Sea Screen Partners is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International.

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Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

The Wales Screen Commission encourages productions to use Welsh locations, crew and facilities. The Commission markets Wales as a location and assists both inward investment and indigenous productions on a practical basis ensuring that their spend within the Welsh economy is maximised. The Commission...

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Caernarfon, Gwyned

The Wales Screen Commission encourages productions to use Welsh locations, crew and facilities. The Commission markets Wales as a location and assists both inward investment and indigenous productions on a practical basis ensuring that their spend within the Welsh economy is maximised. The Commission...

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Pontypridd

The Wales Screen Commission encourages productions to use Welsh locations, crew and facilities. The Commission markets Wales as a location and assists both inward investment and indigenous productions on a practical basis ensuring that their spend within the Welsh economy is maximised. The Commission...

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London

We offer a one-stop service to help you with your location and general production requirements including location finding; private residential properties as well as industrial / commercial properties, arrange your parking, advise on traffic control measures, arrange wet downs and advise on Health &...

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