British Film Commission launches ‘UK Film and TV Week’ in LA
Last week marked the inaugural UK Film and TV Week, with the British Film Commission (BFC) inviting representatives of the UK’s national and regional screen agencies to travel to Los Angeles for a series of events championing our thriving film and television industry.
Events got underway on Tuesday with a series of panels, introduced by BFC Chief Executive Adrian Wootton and moderated by Entertainment Partners EVP Joe Chianese. Saffery Champness Film and TV Partner Nigel Burke presented an overview of the UK’s Creative Sector Tax Reliefs, generally regarded as amongst the best in the world, while representatives from the BFC, Creative England, Creative Scotland, Film London, Northern Ireland Screen and Wales Screen took to the stage to discuss the infrastructure and incentives that make the UK so desirable for producing film and television.
One example of the UK’s competitive incentives is the Animation Tax Relief, introduced in April last year. With UK animation going from strength-to-strength, the BFC took the opportunity to create even greater ties between the UK and North American industries, hosting an animation breakfast on Thursday morning. The boutique event was attended by major animation clients, with Saffery’s Film and TV Director Moses Nyachae delivering a presentation on the TV Animation Tax Relief and the BFC and its regional and national partners providing an overview of the benefits of bringing animation projects to the UK.
Throughout the week, the UK representatives met with a host of the US’s studios, networks and production companies, providing a direct opportunity to highlight to industry decision-makers the world-class production, post-production/VFX facilities and locations available in the UK.
The event also gave the BFC a chance to catch up with the attendees of its 2014 VFX and Post-Production Familiarisation Trip, as well as past guests from nine years of familiarisation tours, hosting a reunion event to discuss potential projects and introduce the attendees to the visiting UK representatives.
Thursday night saw one last opportunity for networking, with the BFC hosting a reception, attended by US film, TV and animation industry figures keen to learn more about the UK’s expert crew and talent, world-class studios, post and VFX facilities and stunning locations.