Independent feature films have to battle hard for attention in the global entertainment landscape. UK and European policy makers have long accepted that there is a strong case for public support to help films to cross national borders and find new audiences. Support may be directed to the exporting company to permit it to attend an international event or to the promotion of a film that has been invited to a prestigious festival. It may be directed to the company releasing a film within a country or towards a wider intervention that develops audience tastes or helps the commercial landscape to evolve.


We are an accredited Trade Challenge Partner "TCP" for the  Department for International Trade's Tradeshow Access Programme "TAP". See full details of the scheme here.

Eligible companies can receive TAP grants to go towards their costs of exhibiting at certain identified events, usually Toronto International Film Festival, American Film Market,

European Film Market and

Filmart, where there are UK Film Centre umbrella stand presences. Allowable costs include, for example, exhibition space hire costs, and design, construction and stand dressing costs and exclude, for example, travel and accommodation costs.

TAP grants for TV markets may be available through another TCP, the producers' trade body Pact.

GREAT is the government’s single destination for information on UK trade, investment, tourism and education and provides guidance and tools to help exporters:













The British Council Film Department has an important role maintaining an advanced tracking list of new and imminent UK feature films and staging screening sessions of that work for Festival Selectors from over a dozen major international festivals.




The current BFI 5-year plan entitled BFI2022 includes this initiative on export and inward investment:

"Increase the International Fund to lead a refreshed and strengthened International Strategy in partnership with the British Film Commission and the Department for International Trade, informed by research and business intelligence, to navigate the challenges and seize the global opportunities for UK film post EU referendum."



In addition to the support for umbrella stand presences  from the British Film Institute Lottery International Fund, there is support available from their Film Export Fund to help a film selected for a high-profile festival by contributing to associated publicity and marketing, as well as  technical and logistical costs.


Financed by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and administered by the BFI, the new Global Screen Fund will focus on accelerating export growth, boosting revenues to independent UK screen companies and deepening international relationships. It will allocate funding to three open access strands:

  • International Distribution
  • Business Development
  • Co-production

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