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Actor and producer Jude Law has given his support for the new government funding.
Jane Imrie

British film industry to step onto world stage with multi-millon pound government funding

The government has announced new multi-million pound funding to increase the international reach of British cinema.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has today launched £7m UK Global Screen Fund to support the global export of UK screen content.

Developed in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI), the fund aims to support the UK independent screen sector to export their productions to markets around the world.

The new funding is supported by the likes of Jude Law and Gemma Arterton, and focuses on independent film as well as supporting a range of other screen content, including animation, documentary, television and interactive narrative games from across the UK.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden commented: “The United Kingdom has an independent screen industry to be proud of. World renowned, our film, TV, video game and animation industries create jobs and growth the length and breadth of the UK.

“The UK Global Screen Fund will export the extraordinary talent and creativity of the UK to audiences across the globe, supporting our talented filmmakers and screen businesses to compete and grow.”

Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP, added: “The UK’s creative industry is second to none, so it’s great to see that overseas markets will be able to experience British expertise, talent and innovation by way of our award-winning independent screen sector.

“This fund will help to boost our economy and create jobs on both sides of the camera, not just for the acting stars of the future but for the tireless production staff who bring our world-class films to life.

“Film and television have kept the nation entertained throughout lockdown and we will continue to do everything we can to allow the sector, including animation and gaming, to thrive as we build back better from the pandemic.”

Actor and producer Jude Law said: “There is enormous recognition and respect world-wide for British film and television. It’s a prominent breeding ground for great storytelling and creativity, pioneering opportunities internationally.

“This additional investment will assist in sparking new international partnerships for the UK industry, generating more jobs and taking our productions to new global audiences.”

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