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1 UK Film Council Brussels 28 February, 2008

2 UKFC Overview Inward investment Training - SKILLSET Publications Fund Export promotion Anti-piracy legislation Broadcaster lobby Influencing regulation on national and EU level Market research (statistical yearbook, strategy supporting research) Development of financial instruments Film Heritage (BFI) Film Literacy (BFI) MEDIA Desk UK Developing the Nations and Regions Cultural Diversity policy Relph report – on the cost of filmmaking Certification of British Films (Certification Unit) Encouraging meaningful co-production (Treaties, events, review) ☺ Distribution and Exhibition Funding ☺ Production and Development Funding ☺

3 Development Fund £12m (€17,4m) over 3 years = £4m (€5.8m) per year Up to April, 2007: £2 million/year in 8 slate companies (continue to operate) £1.5 million in individual projects Up to Mar ‘07, the fund received 3,357 submissions Restructured Since Summer ’07 Three new ways to approach Development fund 1. First Feature Film Development Programme (up to £25K) 2. Feature Film Development Programme (Producer applies) 3. Signature Awards (discretionary) Changes: Premium scrapped (award still repayable on 1 st day of PP) Projects no longer monitored by script executives but by Development Producers with hands-on production experience (Chris Collins, Lizzie Francke) Application process by 3-5 page treatment, writing sample and one page summary (Narrative and Statement)

4 UKFC Production Funding Première Fund, £24 (€34.8m) over 3 years = £8m (€11.6m) per year Invests in mainstream, commercially-driven films across a full range of budgets and genres. New Cinema Fund £15m (€22.5m) over 3 years = £5m (€7,4M) per year to support “creativity, innovation, new talent & cutting edge filmmaking”

5 Premiere Fund £8m (€11.6m)/year ( Constant Gardener, Valliant, Gosford Park, Creep, Vera Drake, Only Human, L’Homme Du Train, The Proposition, Miss Potter, Becoming Jane, Stormbreaker, St Trinians, The Secret of Moonacre, Franklyn) Invests in around 6-8 films a yearInvests in around 6-8 films a year Around 5% success rateAround 5% success rate Can invest up to £2m in a single projectCan invest up to £2m in a single project Usually films with maximum budget of up to around $30m/£15mUsually films with maximum budget of up to around $30m/£15m Needs international sales attachedNeeds international sales attached Needs “meaningful” UK distribution attachedNeeds “meaningful” UK distribution attached The Fund has recoupment target of 80%The Fund has recoupment target of 80%

6 Active Premiere Fund Projects Distant Thunder (dir: Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone) – pre- production Boy Soldier (dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel) – pre-production Triangle (dir: Chris Smith) – pre-production Faintheart (MyMovie MashUp winner, dir: Vito Rocco) - in post The Secret of Moonacre (dir: Gabor Csupo) - in post Franklyn (dir: Gerald McMorrow) - post production How To Lose Friends & Alienate People (dir: Bob Weide) - post production St Trinian's (dir: Barnaby Thompson & Ol Parker) - released Brideshead Revisited (dir: Julian Jarrold) - post production Happy-Go-Lucky (dir: Mike Leigh) – in Berlin The Cottage (dir: Paul Andrew Williams) - EFM The Escapist (dir: Rupert Wyatt) – in Sundance Death Defying Acts (dir: Gillian Armstrong) - completed Waz (dir: Tom Shankland) - EFM

7 New Cinema Fund £15 (€21m) over 3 years = £5m (€7.4m) per year to support “creativity, innovation, new talent & cutting edge filmmaking” (The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Red Road, Bloody Sunday, Magdalene Sisters, Noi Albinoi, Intermission, Touching the Void, This is England) Invests in around 8-12 films a year Invests in around 8-12 films a year Invests up to £500k in a single project Invests up to £500k in a single project Films with maximum budget of up to around £4.5m Films with maximum budget of up to around £4.5m Needs international sales agent attached Needs international sales agent attached Needs UK distribution or “international reach” Needs UK distribution or “international reach” Provides completion funding Provides completion funding Invests in Pilots (£10K each) Invests in Pilots (£10K each) Has 3 short film schemes to nurture UK talent Has 3 short film schemes to nurture UK talent Has a 35% recoupment target Has a 35% recoupment target Warp X: Low-budget scheme with Film 4 and Screen Yorkshire Warp X: Low-budget scheme with Film 4 and Screen Yorkshire

8 Active NCF projects Bright Star dir. Jane Campion (pre-production) Unmade Beds dir. Alexis dos Santos (shooting) Adulthood dir. Noel Clarke (shooting) Within dir. Josh Appignanesi PILOT (shooting) White Lightnin' dir. Dominic Murphy (post production) Summer dir. Kenny Glenaan (post production) Tony dir. Gerard Johnson (post production) Hush dir. Mark Tonderai (Warp X) (post production) Donkey Punch dir. Olly Blackburn (Warp X) (post production) A Complete History dir. Chris Waitt FEATURE DOC (Warp X) (post production) Genova dir. Michael Winterbottom (post production) Reach the Clouds dir. James Marsh FEATURE DOC (post production) Crack Willow dir. Martin Radich (post production) Better Things dir. Duane Hopkins (post production) Nightwatching dir. Peter Greenaway (completed) That’s For Me dir. Claudia Solti (completed) Puffball dir. Nicolas Roeg (completed)

9 Decision Making Process Application Script, form, DVD’s Meeting creative team Director, Producer, Writer Creatively interestedPass Financial decision Finance, Sales, Distributor, Recoupment target Production Finance Committee approval Monitoring Production Creative and Financial approvals

10 How decisions are made UK Qualification (films have to be UK qualifying) Only Head of the Fund can “greenlight”, there are 3 fund heads It takes about 3-4 weeks from submission date onwards There are no deadlines to submit Projects are discussed in weekly meeting (twice/week for NCF) The script is read externally (reader) & internally (Executive and Fund Head) The funds look at the finance plan, budget, schedule and recoupment plan. Also look at international sales estimates and potential Presentation to Production Finance Committee (internal greenlighting) Production Executives follow the process up to delivery and launch)

11 Who to contact at the Premiere Fund Sally Caplan Head of the Premiere Fund JJ Lousberg European Production Executive Clarissa Caleo-Green Project Co-ordinator Susan Cameron Assistant to the Head of the Fund Aaron Anderson General Assistant

12 Who to contact at the New Cinema Fund Emma Clarke Senior Executive NCF Lenny Crooks Head of the NCF JJ Lousberg European Production Executive Emma Greaves Project Co-ordinator Emily Anderton Junior Executive NCF Tom Butterfield General Assistant Himesh Kar Senior Executive NCF Katie Ellen Assistant to Head of NCF

13 What are the chances? Number of Applications Awards made Success Rate Premiere Fund15285% New Cinema Fund26293,5% Development Fund % Numbers based on

14 Provisional approvals by year 1998 to Sept 2007 YearNumber (9 maj. 11 min.)

15 Questions?

16 Distribution and Exhibition Fund P&A Fund (£2m pa) To offer support for distributors for extra prints and advertising for specialised films which otherwise would have limited releases across the UK Audience Development Scheme (£1m pa over 3 yrs) To capitalise and expand upon current educational provision aimed at broadening the audience's understanding and appreciation of film Digital Screen Network A network of 240 digital screens dedicated to the exhibition of specialised films in locations across the UK. Small Capital Fund for Cinemas (one off budget of £800k) For example for improving access for disabled cinemagoers Awards of up to £100k per applicant


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