Department for Culture Media and Sport


We are responsible for setting UK film culture and industry policy. We work to help create a strong film industry that brings cultural and economic benefits to the UK.

We actively promote British film through funding and support of key initiatives. We work with other government departments on policy that affects the industry. For example, we work with the HM Treasury on film tax relief.

Support for British film

Working in partnership with industry bodies, we strive to create a sustainable, stable and successful film industry that brings both cultural and economic benefits to the UK. To achieve this, we provide direct financial support for the production of culturally British films. The main forms of direct financial support are:

  • grant in aid and lottery funding for film-making, distributed through a number of organisations, including the British Film Institute
  • tax incentives

Film tax relief is worth more than £100 million a year. Lottery funding for film, currently around £27 million a year, is set to increase to around £43 million annually by 2014.

Future for British film

Commissioned by DCMS and produced by an eight-strong independent panel chaired by Lord Chris Smith, the recently published A Future for British Film – it begins with the audience made a number of recommendations designed to ensure that the film sector plays a key role in driving growth, while maximising audience access to films of every kind throughout the UK. Read the Government's response to the review.

Lottery Funding

The two key mechanisms that currently support the British film industry – the film tax relief and the dedicated pot of Lottery funding will remain.   

Co-production agreements

We are responsible for negotiating and maintaining the UK's film co-production agreements.

Co-production agreements cover films where production is shared between British and international partners. They allow filmmakers from both countries to work together using their respective strengths and facilities, to create films that are culturally relevant to both parties.

British Film Certificates

We are responsible for issuing British Film Certificates on recommendation from the British Film Institute, so that the film production company can apply for film tax relief. The British Film Institute can also issue EC Certificates of Nationality.

Application forms and further details on Co-productions and British Film Certificates are available on request from Anna Mansi at the BFI certification unit:

Anna Mansi
Certification Manager
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
Tel 0207 173 3214