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Saving UK Film Studios

Actress JULIE WALTERS has fired off an email to the Business Secretary urging him to step in to keep a top film studio open, insisting its planned closure will affect the country’s movie industry.

Twickenham Film Studios, which has hosted shoots for The Iron Lady, War Horse and The Beatles’ movies A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, has gone into administration and will be gradually wound down by June (12).

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African Odysseys: The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success at BFI

As part of Tim Reid’s Legacy Media Institute programme, Nadia Denton introduces her book – a guide which outlines funding, marketing and distribution opportunities for filmmakers.


Nadia Denton – former director of the BFM International Film Festival – will take questions and be joined by special guests in this interactive morning session.

Free to ticket holders for the afternoon screening of The Mark of the Hawk, subject to availability


A future for British Film: It begins with the audience

A new approach to film education in British schools and financial incentives to encourage early collaboration between producers and distributors are among the recommendations of a report published today.

A Future for British Film – it begins with the audience”, published by an independent review panel chaired by Lord Chris Smith, was commissioned last year by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and has looked at how to ensure film is a sector which plays a full role in driving growth.

The audience has been placed at the heart of the review, and today’s recommendations aim to maximise audience access to films of every kind.

“Golden period of film”

“British film is going through a golden period,” Lord Smith said. “A run of British-made and British-based movies has been taking audiences around the world by storm.  But we cannot be complacent – this review highlights the things that the BFI, Government and industry can do to ensure that we continue to build on recent successes.


British film is in prime position to make a major contribution to the growth of the UK’s economy, to the development of attractive and fulfilling careers for young people, and to the creation of job opportunities across the country.”

The report contains 56 recommendations to Government, industry and the British Film Institute (BFI) including:

  • a new programme to bring film education into every school, giving every pupil the chance to see, understand and learn about British film
  • a call for the major broadcasters to invest more in the screening, acquisition and production of independent British film;
  • incentives ensuring a more collaborative approach between producers, directors and distributors which in turn will facilitate financing of projects;
  • a strong commitment to combat piracy and illegal exploitation of intellectual property;
  • a scheme to bring digital screens and projectors to village and community halls across the country.

Mr Vaizey said: “I am committed to creating a more stable and financially sustainable industry and I thank Chris Smith and the panel for the huge amount of work that has gone into preparing this report. I know the panel has worked very closely with representatives from the entire film community and I look forward to examining what the report recommends.”

Cameron urges UK filmmakers to focus on box office

Cameron urges UK film makers to focus on box office British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged independent UK film makers to focus on box office success, ahead of a review to be published next week into the government’s policy on the movie industry.

 The film industry contributes an estimated 4.2 billion pounds ($6.5 billion) to the economy each year, including from independent pictures that do well commercially and blockbusters like the Harry Potter series, which are made in Britain but bankrolled by Hollywood studios. “The UK film industry, the skills and crafts that support it, and our creative industries more widely, make a 4 billion pound contribution to our economy and an incalculable contribution to our culture,” Cameron said.

He was due to visit Pinewood Studios, where hit movies like the James Bond franchise are shot, later on Wednesday to meet small and medium-sized businesses involved in film. “But in this year when we set out bold ambitions for the future, when the eyes of the world will be on us, I think we should aim even higher, building on the incredible success of recent years,” Cameron added in a statement. “Our role, and that of the BFI (British Film Institute), should be to support the sector in becoming even more dynamic and entrepreneurial, helping UK producers to make commercially successful pictures that rival the quality and impact of the best international productions.

Just as the British Film Commission has played a crucial role in attracting the biggest and best international studios to produce their films here, so we must incentivise UK producers to chase new markets both here and overseas”, said Cameron.

Two recent, low-budget independent British films made a major splash both in terms of ticket sales and awards. The King’s Speech won four Oscars including best picture in 2011, and earned $414 million in global ticket sales on a production budget of just $15 million, according to

Two years earlier, Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner picking up eight Academy Awards including best picture and hitting $378 million at global box offices from a $15 million budget. According to official figures, UK films accounted for 14 percent of the global 2010 box office tally of $31.8 billion. But 12.6 percent was accounted for by UK movies wholly or partly financed and controlled by U.S. studios.

Former Labour culture minister Chris Smith is set to publish the findings of his review into the film sector next week. It is expected to provide incentives to British film makers to develop projects that deliver commercial as well as cultural success, while the BFI is likely to be urged to reinvest returns back into successful companies. The review is also likely to support the work of the British Film Commission which promotes Britain as a place to produce movies.

IndieFlix makes it easy for Filmmakers to discover and License Music

IndieFlix announced its partnership with fellow Seattle-based company Audiosocket and its Music as a Service (MaaS™) platform to provide filmmakers with a hassle-free approach to securing proper music licenses. A core initiative of IndieFlix is to provide resources and services to support the independent filmmaking community and in furthering that initiative the company will soon be launching its “Music for Film” service.

IndieFlix “Music for Film” is a fully integrated, custom-designed, music-licensing store that offers more than 30,000 pre-cleared tracks from over 200 genres created by emerging artists and composers worldwide. Filmmakers can search intuitively by genre, mood, or tempo and easily license their selections for all levels of distribution. Audiosocket’s platform delivers a fully integrated and searchable music library with 100+ categories of integrated metadata, localized to the IndieFlix platform.

“Many filmmakers get bogged down when securing the rights to music, or struggle to find the music they need to bring their films to life. IndieFlix gives filmmakers the power to distribute and market their films and now we’re extending our service by making music licensing accessible and affordable,” said Scilla Andreen, founder and CEO, IndieFlix.

IndieFlix “Music for Film” is currently running in closed beta; please contact for more information.

EIS boost for the UK Film Industry

A boost to the UK film industry is edging even closer through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) but one stumbling block remains.

Some barriers, which threatened to prevent film production from benefiting when the cap on EIS is raised from £2 million to £10 million next year, have been dropped – this is according to draft legislation relating to new EIS rules from 6 April 2012.

However this draft legislation and any changes still need EU State approval. HM Revenue and Customs at this point are refusing to comment on the likeliness of receiving the ‘green light’, as talks are still ongoing.

Industry observers have welcomed the more flexible approach to EIS contained in the draft legislation although several are still calling for greater clarity in how the rules will be applied.

The Background

EIS is a government project that’s increasingly being used to finance certain UK films, giving investors a range of tax reliefs.

Even if films don’t make a profit, EIS projects can limit losses through tax relief. If you keep an investment for three years, you can offset 20% of the amount invested against income tax liability in the first year and any profit made is free of capital gains tax (CGT).

If you make a loss, you can offset it against gains you make on other assets or, under certain conditions, against your income tax.

Robert Redford’s Sundance is coming to London

The O2, London, 15th March 2011 – Robert Redford, the non-profit Sundance Institute and AEG Europe today announced Sundance London, a four-day multi-disciplinary arts festival that will include film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and other public cultural programming to be held 26th – 29th April, 2012 at the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue, The O2.


AEG Europe, owner and operator of The O2, Robert Redford, and his non-profit Sundance Institute will join together to present films from American filmmakers as well as American current music. Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A, will act as curator of the film component , while AEG Europe will use its industry-leading venue and marketing teams to stage and promote music and other related events at The O2.

Speaking to press at The O2, Robert Redford said, “We are excited to partner with AEG Europe to bring a particular slice of American culture to life in the inspired setting of The O2, and in this city of such rich cultural history.” Redford continued, “It is our mutual goal to bring to the UK, the very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it, and in essence help build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices not always seen in our cultural exports.”

Alex Hill, Senior Executive Director at AEG Europe said: “The O2 is famous for its exciting and diverse events schedule, but we’re particularly proud to be hosting Sundance London next year. Mr. Redford’s passion for the arts, the depth of his many businesses and the curatorial reputation of Sundance Institute are world renowned and we see this as a natural extension of the music and sporting events presented at The O2 since we opened in 2007. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to the best of the film industry in 2012.”

From Los Angeles, Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute added: “We look forward to bringing to UK audiences some of the most exciting independent American films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The environment provided by AEG and The O2, coupled with London’s reputation as a global cultural destination, should make for a rich and rewarding festival experience and provide the artists with a unique and memorable opportunity.”

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