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Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive

Thu 27th Feb 2020

A Message from Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive,

It has become clear that the UK will not be seeking to participate in the next Creative Europe MEDIA programme, due to start in January 2021.

As we know that there is a clear economic case for continuing to support UK independent film internationally across the ecosystem. The BFI has prepared for this scenario and has been working on a replacement funding proposal as we recognise that this decision will immediately impact on our industry and business.

We will be continuing to make the case to Government for the necessity for replacement funding. Meanwhile it is imperative that we all work together to build on the success of the programme and maintain our strong ties with international partners in the coming period.

For now, and until the end of December 2020, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in the current Creative Europe MEDIA programme. UK projects are able to apply for funding up until this point, with successful applications receiving funding as normal, even where their funded activity is set to take place after December 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, either via the Creative Europe Desk UK or our policy team.