UK government forges $28m global screen fund for independent film – Deadline

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The UK government has set up a £21 million ($28 million) Global Screen Fund to help build the country’s reputation for independent film internationally.

Today’s announcement is an extension of a £7million ($9.4million) pilot project that ran over the past year, which has helped fund independent productions Brits such as Maggie Smith with Maggie Smith The Miracle Club and Emma Thompson’s Good luck to you, Leo Grande, the latter struck a deal with Searchlight at last week’s Sundance. Other films to receive funding include British and Irish television animation horrible ghoul, United Kingdom-France Copro Derivative and copro United Kingdom-Chile-Argentina-France-Denmark The settlers.

For three years, the fund will be administered by the BFI and used in the co-production, distribution and commercial development of UK independent films.

BFI CEO Ben Roberts said Global Screen will provide “vital support” when it launches later this year.

“In its pilot project, the fund stimulated new international partnerships, stimulating co-production, distribution and development opportunities to drive growth and export,” he added. “This continued investment recognizes the power and potential of screen content in the UK.”

The move is part of a £50m ($67.1m) package of measures introduced by UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries to “improve” the country outside of London.

An £18m ($24.2m) Creative Scale Up program will provide financial and business support to businesses working in creative industries that are not based in the capital. An additional £8 million ($10.7 million) is being prepared for the games industry.

Dorries, who made headlines earlier this month for saying she wanted to scrap BBC licensing fees, said creative businesses across the country “will be given the tools they need to expand their work and create more jobs”.

The ‘race to the top’ is a key part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approach and the package comes as he attempts to deflect attention from the ‘Partygate’ scandal engulfing his government.

A report into the parties at his Downing Street home came hours before the action and the Metropolitan Police are also investigating the parties.

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