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 £2.2 million 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 closer to home 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 10 feature films, including two animations and one documentary, plus four TV projects, including three documentaries and one animation.
Included in these projects is Badjelly
A minority UK co-production with New Zealand. The UK co-producer is Andrew Baker of Cantilever Media who is co-producing with New Zealand’s Mukpuddy (Simon Ward). The animated TV series is based on Spike Milligan’s popular handwritten story.