UK National Organisations

Here are links to the UK's most prominent national film organisations

  • Ill Manors - supported by the Microwave scheme in partnership with Film London and the BBC

Ill Manors - supported by the Microwave scheme in partnership with Film London and the BBC

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts aims to support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image. Events include screenings of recent and pre-release films, seminars and platform interviews with established filmmakers. Annual awards are presented to individuals and companies in the disciplines of Film, Television and Gaming. BAFTA is also active within the regions of the UK supporting screenings, events and masterclasses as part of its remit of engaging with the community.
Also see BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA East Coast.

British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC)
The BBFC is an independent, non-governmental body which classifies and censors film, video as well as computer and console-based games released in the UK.

British Council
The official UK agency for international cultural relations. Our Film Department promotes new British films (features and shorts), internationally principally through festivals and showcases and you can explore its activity throughout this site. Alongside Film, the Council has a vibrant Arts Group, and units devoted to work in English, Education and Society and much more, with a network of offices and staff in 110 countries.

British Film Institute (BFI)
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. Founded in 1933, it is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. In 2011 it was given additional responsibilities, becoming a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film, widening its strategic focus. The BFI now combines a cultural, creative and industrial role. The role brings together activities including the BFI National Archive and distribution, its cultural programmes, publishing and festivals with Lottery investment for film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.

Compact Media Group – Collection Account Management (CAM)
Established in 1996, Compact Media Group is a UK based Film & TV revenue collection agent working for many film clients worldwide. The expanding volume of different revenue streams in the digital age and the complexity of film financing increases the importance of appointing an independent collection agent. Revenues are collected and held on trust for the various stakeholders/beneficiaries of a film which ensures that funds are protected from any insolvency, closure of a producer ( or other related parties ), or if there is a change in the film’s ownership. Monies ( from Cinema, TV and digital sales ) due to all interested parties are paid according to a Collection Account Management Agreement (CAMA) with contracted deadlines, and the service is used by financiers, sales agents, producers, talent and investors. Compact Media distribute revenues on a monthly basis.

Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund
Established over 80 years ago the CTBF has been providing valuable practical and financial assistance to people working in the film and TV industries. They raise their funds through donations, charity events and memberships.

Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland is the national organisation for the arts in Scotland. The organisation invests in “Screen” arts including feature film production and short film production initiatives. Creative Scotland aims to develop audiences, invest in film training and education and promote Scotland as a location. 

Department Of Culture, Media And Sport (DCMS)
The Departure of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries. As a result it is responsible for funding and formulating policy on UK Arts. This includes the oversight and funding of the British Film Institute, who receive annual core grant-in-aid and income from the National Lottery to distribute.

Film Agency For Wales
The Film Agency for Wales is the sole Agency for film in Wales, with a remit to ensure that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented in Wales, the UK and the world. Established in July 2006 as a strategic agency, the Film Agency aims to facilitate the emergence of a viable and sustainable Welsh film industry and to promote a vibrant and dynamic film culture.

Film London
Film London is the capital’s film and media agency incorporating the British Film Commission. Film London sustains, promotes and develops London as a major international filmmaking and film cultural capital. This includes all the screen industries based in London – film, television, video, commercials and new interactive media. The agency is directly involved in the funding and support of events such the London UK Film Focus (LUFF) sales screening event and the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM). Film London also hasa role in encouraging inward investment into the UK in a public/private partnership with Warner Bros., Pinewood Studios Group, the Production Guild, UK Screen Association and others.

Freeway CAM (UK) Limited. (formerly NFTC)
Formed in 1971, the NFTC (currently Freeway CAM (UK) Limited) is the foremost film revenue collection and monitoring agency operating from the UK. The company has a unique legal and financial structure. All monies are held on trust giving protection from insolvency or closure of the producer or any other parties, changes in ownership of the film or the company's own affairs. It operates with the twin purposes of disbursing revenue in the order that has been agreed by all parties to the Collection Account Management Agreement and providing an efficient, independent and ongoing revenue collection account management service for feature film financiers, producers and third party beneficiaries with a financial interest in the exploitation of a film.

Northern Ireland Screen
Northern Ireland Screen is the national screen agency for Northern Ireland, with a remit to promote Northern Ireland as a major production location, to celebrate Northern Ireland product, talent and culture to the world and to ensure that a range of learning opportunities are delivered. Northern Ireland Screen is funded by Invest Northern Ireland and part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland; the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure;  it is delegated by the Arts Council of NI to administer Lottery funding for film in Northern Ireland.

Creative Europe Desk UK
Creative Europe Desk UK promotes Creative Europe, the European Union's programme to support the audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors from 2014-2020. Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme supports film, television and new media, and offers funding, training and networking opportunities for producers, video game developers, distributors, sales agents, audiovisual training providers, organisers of festivals, markets and networks, film education specialists and cinema exhibitors. One of the main objectives of the programme is to increase the competitiveness of European audiovisual sector by creating opportunities to work internationally and to reach out to new audiences.