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UK Film Council
January 1, 2008

UK Film Council
Launched by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2000, the UK Film Council provides funding for film production and training. It has three production funds: the Film Development Fund, the New Cinema Fund and the Premiere Production Fund.

EU Media
As the EU’s support program for the European audiovisual industry, MEDIA co-finances docs at different stages, from development to distribution. The MEDIA 2007 program, in effect from 2007 to 2013, is the fourth multi-annual program since 1991 and has a €755 million (US$1.1 billion) budget.

British Council Film Department
The film department’s main goal is to broaden and build international audiences for new work from the UK. This part of its website provides a listing of public funding info.

Headquartered in London, Pact is the UK trade association that represents and promotes the commercial interests of indie feature film and television companies, as well as animation and interactive media companies. It offers support to its members via regional representation throughout the UK.

Founded in 1998, Ingenious is a London-based specialist media investment company (they backed ID Distribution when it was formed) and advisory business (they advised the prodco Ricochet on its £30 million ($59 million) sale to Shed Productions in 2005). The company runs six subsidiaries: asset management, consulting, corporate finance, investments, securities and ventures. It provides corporate finance advice to private equity funding, as well as investment solutions for the private investor.

Isle Of Man Media Development Fund
This fund was established to provide equity investment to film and TV productions shooting on the Isle of Man. Film investment funding includes provision of contract discounting and gap financing. The fund is run by CinemaNX Limited, a company that’s able to offer from 10% to 100% of a film’s budget. To be considered, projects should typically be filmed wholly or partially on the Isle of Man, and be capable of spending at least the equivalent of 20% of the below-the-line budget with local service providers.

Northern Film & Media
Northern Film & Media is the Regional Screen Agency for the North East of England. One of its funds is the Community Documentary Scheme, an annual scheme to support filmmakers to produce a half-hour TV program about a North East community. The three 2007/2008 beneficiaries each received £9,000 ($17,700) towards production.

Scottish Screen
Scottish Screen is the development agency for the screen industries in Scotland. Every year, it invests roughly £6 million ($11.9 million) in development and promotion, including distributing £2.7 million ($5.3 million) of National Lottery funds. The agency invests in a range of projects designed to develop businesses across the country.

Screen East
Screen East develops, supports and promotes the film and media industries in the East of England. Funded by the UK Film Council and by the East of England Development Agency, it offers the Regional Investment Fund for England, which includes the Content Investment Fund (which provides production investment to commercially viable docs) and the Project Development Fund (which will provide businesses with 100% of the funding required to develop and exploit content development, including docs).

Screen South
Providing the first port of call for funding and info relating to film, Screen South offers a Regional Investment Fund For England, and provides money for everything from production and development to training.

Screen WM
Screen WM supports, promotes and develops the screen media sector in the West Midlands. Its largest fund is the Film & Media Production Fund, which targets large-scale projects from both indigenous talent and production companies from outside the region looking to locate a project within the West Midlands. The fund can invest up to £500,000 ($1 million) or 25% of a project’s budget, whichever is the lesser.

Screen Yorkshire
Offering several funds to individuals and businesses, Screen Yorkshire is home to the Screen Yorkshire Production Fund. It’s a digital media content development and production fund that supports, among other genres, feature docs and factual TV programming.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor-in-chief and content director for Realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to Realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.