Blogs tagged "BFI"

July 2019

CMC 2019: Report – China: Business & Partnerships

Posted on: Thursday 04 July 2019 12:45pm by Tim Collins

Doing business in China is entering a golden period – there appear to be more opportunities than ever before.   So what should we be looking for and how do we approach China? Takeaway: China is a huge market, with over 360m children, including 180m pre-schoolers. There is a projected animation spend of $34bn by 2021 China is investing in and creating IP and is actively looking for foreign partners. The Department for International Trade, BFI and others can help with regulations, censorship, quotas on foreign content and IP protection. Detail: The session started with a comprehensive scene setter from our host Louise from the DIT.   The UK Government is working very hard at our relationship with China and the recent…

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CMC 2019: Report – The YACF – A User’s Guide

Posted on: Wednesday 03 July 2019 9:25pm by Shannon Reeve

Changemaker Euella Jackson opened the session with a discussion of her journey, and an important question: what can you be doing to inspire change? Session: The Young Audiences Content Fund is a pilot which launched in April 2019. Content makers and producers have the opportunity to access funds to support the creation of distinctive and high-quality content for children. The pilot for the fund is due to last three years and has £57 million available to support development and production. Takeaway: Apply sooner rather than later! - Funding will be split between the three years, offering around £18m per year Read more about the fund on the BFI website: https://www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/production-development-funding/young-audiences-content-fund Detail: Jackie Edwards discussed what the fund is, describing it…

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July 2018

CMC 2018: Report – What’s Next For UK Kids?

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2018 11:42pm by Catherine Trewavas

Takeaway: In the face of post-Brexit uncertainty, the need for the industry to unite is stronger than ever with regard to future access to European talent and funding. Contestable Fund will affect Public Service Broadcasters and content commissioning. More needs to be done to protect children online and diverse representation can be improved. Detail: Hosting today's session, Stewart Purvis CBE looked ahead to the future of post-Brexit access to talent and funding, the impact of a changing media landscape and how this will affect Public Service Broadcasters (PSB). VT footage of Margot James, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, commented that “more needs to be done to protect children from a range of online harms”. James also made reference to…

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CMC 2018: Report – What a Relief!

Posted on: Wednesday 04 July 2018 6:02pm by Simon Bor

An overview of the successful creative industries tax reliefs and how to apply for them. Takeaway: Tax relief for animation and children's TV was worth £15.3 million in 2016/17. The UK tax relief system is one of the most efficient in the world. Go to the BFI for advice at an early stage. Detail: Kate O’Connor of Animation UK hosted this session. Andy Wright of the BFI gave an outline of how to apply for credits and the cultural tests needed for both British productions and co-productions with treaty countries. It is worth 25% of UK core expenditure on Children’s TV or animation based on a maximum of 80% of total core expenditure. On a British-only production with a £1m…

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November 2016

Manimation 2016: Report – Panel 4: Money for Nothing? Fund and Flow

Posted on: Thursday 17 November 2016 3:48pm by Tom Jordan

Speakers: Steve Sharman, founder, Blackthorn Innovation (moderator) Erica Darby, Producer, Spider Eye Chris Halliday, Senior Certification Analyst, BFI Tim Patterson, CEO, Larkshead Media Takeaway: Brexit implications for funding are still uncertain, but confidence in your product remains key to securing finance. Detail The main focus of the discussion was the impact Brexit will have on funding for creative industries. Chris Halliday talked about the tax relief scheme for animation companies. His message to delegates was that the BFI are the first port of call for tax breaks for animation. He said tax relief has helped animators in terms of getting a foot in door with broadcasters, and also getting loans against tax relief to get that initial start-up. Knowing that…

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