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UK Screen Commissions Attend AFCI’s Popular Locations Show In LA To Promote The UK

Date posted: 13.06.2012

The UK film industry will be represented at the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Locations Show taking place in LA on 15-16 June. Promoting the UK as a world-class filming destination for film and TV production, the stand is backed by all the UK's Screen Commissions: the British Film Commission, Creative England, Creative Scotland, Film Agency for Wales, Film London, Northern Ireland Screen and Wales Screen Commission.

Adrian Wootton
, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission said: "I am delighted we have a strong unified UK presence at AFCI this year. The UK has a fantastic offer for high end feature films and last year production spend in the UK was at a record high - at over £1bn - and we need to continue to build on that success. By proactively promoting the UK internationally, together with our partners, we aim to attract further investment as well as laying the ground work for the new TV tax credit, announced by the Government earlier this year."

The Locations Show takes place at the LA Convention Centre, with the UK stand at booths 707, 709 & 711. The agencies will be promoting the very best of the UK industry, including its superb locations, state-of-the facilities, the highly skilled workforce and outstanding talent. The British Film Commission will also be hosting a networking reception to allow the film industry based in LA to meet the UK Screen Agencies. The event is by invitation only.


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Notes to Editors

About the British Film Commission

The British Film Commission (BFC) is the national body in charge of attracting, encouraging and supporting the production of international feature films in the UK. With offices in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free professional advice to help make productions in the UK a reality.

The BFC has seven commercial sponsors, who form the membership of the agency's innovative public/private partnership: Disney, Double Negative, Framestore, Harbottle & Lewis, Pinewood Studios Group, RSM Tenon and Warner Bros. UK and its UK-based film production operations.

The British Film Commission is managed by Film London through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.

About Creative England

Creative England supports the sustainable growth of independent creative businesses, and the talent that feeds them, in every part of England outside London. Launched in October 2011, its mission is to develop the film, television, games, digital and creative sectors in the English regions.  Our work includes investing in talent, growing businesses, boosting audience access, production support, improving market intelligence and encouraging innovation.

Creative England receives Grant-in-Aid funds from the BFI, and is the BFI delegated body for the distribution of Lottery funds for film in the English regions outside London. It has also secured investment from the Government's Regional Growth Fund for a programme of funding to support the games, digital and creative services, making it the first joined up, dedicated support agency for the creative industries outside London.

About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the country's national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. It invests almost £60 million each year in Scotland's creative future and its vision is that: Scotland is recognised as a leading creative nation - one that attracts, develops and retains talent, where the arts and creative industries are supported and celebrated and their economic contribution fully captured, an nation where the arts and creativity play a central part in the live education and well-being of our population.

Further details on Creative Scotland's investment in film can be found here:

About Film London

London, as the capital's film and media agency, aims to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the city's businesses and its people. The agency works with all the screen industries to sustain, promote and develop London as a major international production and film cultural capital, and it supports the development of the city's new and emerging film-making talent. Film London is funded by the Mayor of London, the National Lottery through the BFI, and receives significant support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.

Film London
also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.

Film London's activities include:

  • Managing the national remit for inward investment through film
  • Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London and the South East's position as a film-friendly region to attract investment
  • Investing in new and established talent through a range of specialised production schemes
  • Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's film and media sectors by facilitating funding as well as supporting training and business development activities
  • Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
  • Working with a wide range of partners to promote London through the production industries
  • Utilizing opportunities provided by London 2012 and its legacy to strengthen the capital's film industry and culture

About Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry, driving global growth through boosting our economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children's education.

In pursuit of its mission, to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen provides focused intervention in 8 key areas:

  • Filming in Northern Ireland
  • Investment and Funding
  • Business and Skills
  • Irish Language Broadcast Fund
  • Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund
  • Education
  • Archive and Exhibition
  • Marketing and Information

Northern Ireland Screen is a company limited by guarantee, currently employing 21 people and we are governed by a Board of thirteen directors. The Chairman is Rick Hill and Kenneth Branagh is Honorary President.

About Wales Screen Commission

Since its inception in 2002, the Wales Screen Commission has gone from strength to strength recording an impressive £170 million in location spend on projects it has assisted over the years.

We have worked on notable feature films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood, The Libertine, King Arthur, The Edge of Love, Made in Dagenham, Captain America: The First Avenger, Wrath of the Titans and Snow White and The Huntsman.

We have also assisted high profile television productions such as Doctor Who, Torchwood, Merlin, Gavin and Stacey, Sherlock, Upstairs Downstairs, The Indian Doctor, Casualty and Being Human.

The Commission works with international, domestic and indigenous projects of all shapes and sizes. From short films to feature films, photo-shoots to commercials, documentaries to dramas, and provides invaluable assistance to productions filming in Wales.

Wales Screen Commission can help with:

  • Scouting anywhere in Wales for any locations that a production may require, as well as researching into required locations
  • Assisting in sourcing local crew, facilities and accommodationLiaising with the relevant locations owners with regards to obtaining permission
  • Riaising with the relevant locations owners, National Parks, Local Authority officers, Police, etc. to assist with logistics such as road closures

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