The UK Film Council is the Government’s lead agency for film in the UK, supporting the UK film industry, celebrating UK film culture and nurturing UK film talent at home and abroad. Since its creation in 2000 the UK Film Council has backed more than 900 films, shorts and features, which have won over 300 awards and entertained more than 200 million people around the world. The UK Film Council generates £5 for every £1 of Lottery money it invests.

Our support develops new filmmakers, funds exciting new British films and gets a wider choice of films to audiences throughout the UK. It also invests in training British talent, promoting Britain as an international filmmaking location and raising the profile of British films abroad. In addition, it funds the British Film Institute.

Films backed by the UK Film Council include forthcoming releases including Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Stephen Frears’s Tamara Drewe, Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, Justin Chadwick’s The First Grader, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, Peter Mullan’s Neds, and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.

Films which we have funded include the UK’s first 3D film, Streetdance 3D, Man on Wire, In the Loop, Nowhere Boy, Bright Star, Fish Tank, Bend it like Beckham, The Constant Gardener, Gosford Park, Happy-Go-Lucky, The Last King of Scotland, Red Road, St Trinian’s, This is England, Touching the Void, Vera Drake and The Wind That Shakes the Barley.


Northern Film & Media is the screen agency for the North East of England. We focus our energies and expertise upon engaging with and developing individuals and companies working in film, television, games, animation, commercials, music, digital media and mobile. Northern Film & Media offer support in a number of ways including direct project funding and provision of initiatives and services, workshops, seminars, screenings and networking events. Northern Film & Media is the only screen agency to launch a public-private partnership with a venture capital firm. Launched in February 2010, Northern Film & Media is Fund Holder of the £2.4m Finance for Business – North East Creative Content Fund managed by Northstar Ventures.


Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, it supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts. Between 2008 and 2011 the Arts Council will invest in excess of £1.6 billion of public money from the government and the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


The Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation is a UK-based not-for-profit organisation backed by Channel 4 TV. It is dedicated to reinventing funding and distribution models for British documentary filmmakers. As well as funding ground breaking social-issue films (such as double Sundance winner Afghan Star, Berlin winner The Yes Men Fix the World, Sundance feature doc The End of the Line and Tribeca winner We Are Together) and creative documentaries (Toronto Festival feature Sounds Like Teen Spirit and Sundance feature How Is Your Fish Today?), the Foundation brokers relationships between filmmakers and the NGO and brand sectors in the UK and abroad to create better, more effective films. The Good Pitch and are key parts of the Foundation’s work in this area.


This year’s Abandon Normal Devices takes place in Manchester from 1 – 7 October when it once again invites a host of international cross-platform artists and filmmakers to investigate the questions: What are normal devices? How and why might we abandon them? AND is presented by Cornerhouse, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and folly and is a new festival, funded by Legacy Trust UK and part of WE PLAY, the Northwest cultural legacy programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Cornerhouse is Greater Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art and film. By engaging in dialogue, collaboration and partnerships Cornerhouse looks to encourage debate around current film, art and cultural practice. Cornerhouse is dedicated to the adoption of open innovation working practices to allow it to continue to deliver its integrated, innovative and risk taking programme.

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