Film Export UK is the trade body for companies with UK offices that sell independent feature films internationally.
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CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
CREATIVE EUROPE POST-BREXIT
The association was set up in 2007 by the great majority of the UK's significant numbers of experienced and innovative film sales companies (often called "sales agents"). The UK is one of only three countries boasting such a concentration, the others being USA and France.
The members of the association handle the licensing and international distribution of UK and non-UK produced and co-produced feature films and other audio-visual content in all genres, media and formats.
UK-based international film sales companies planning their trips to the Cannes Film Festival will be somewhat reassured by the confirmation by Suella Fernandes MP, parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department for Exiting the European Union, that the UK will continue to participate in the EU’s current Creative Europe Programme until 2020.
As Film Export UK and many other British public and private entities have contributed ideas to the European Commission's consultation about the successor scheme from 2021 they will have wished for some similar re-assurance that the UK would be willing and welcome to continue to participate throughout the next decade.
The need that has been identified is for concerted and consistent support for the promotion and distribution of independent European films, including British films, in countries beyond the continent. This would represent not only a cultural benefit as European values are better understood outside the continent but also an important industrial benefit since it is hard for feature films to be financially viable unless they are reaching the widest possible audience across the globe. Without global exposure, the life blood of film-making dries up.