Film London

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History

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London is one of the most recognisable film and TV locations. From the back streets of Blackmail, through the swinging London of Alfie, to contemporary hits such as 28 Days Later, V for Vendetta and Batman Begins, the city of London is a unique backdrop to an enormous range of work on screen. And London's major studios - from Pinewood and Shepperton to 3 Mills - have a unique place within the industry, not least through the enduring legacy of the Ealing comedies.

Film London is the capital's public agency for feature film, television, commercials and other interactive content, including games. Our aim is simple: to ensure London has a thriving film sector that enriches the capital’s businesses and its people. 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 was formed on 17 March 2003 under the aegis of the UK Film Council and the London Development Agency, the Mayor of London's development arm.

Sandy Lieberson was appointed as Chairman of the Board in March 2003 and Chief Executive Adrian Wootton joined in May that year. The agency was officially launched in April 2004 by Ken Livingstone, who was the Mayor of London at the time. Following Sandy's tenure David Parfitt was appointed as Chair in November 2010.

Film London subsumed the roles of two previously existing organizations: the London Film Commission (LFC) and the London Film Video and Development Agency (LFVDA). The London Film Commission was established in November 1995. Its remit was to help all film-makers working in London, specifically with locations support. The London Film and Video Development Agency was formed in 1992. Over more than a decade the LFVDA provided a range of support, advice, funding and information to numerous organisations, projects and individual film-makers.

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