UK Global Screen Fund

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Support for independent screen companies across the UK to ensure a UK-wide benefit and addressing geographic imbalance within the industry

The UK Global Screen Fund (UKGSF) is designed to boost international development, production, distribution, and promotional opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector. 

The UKGSF targets support across the screen sector, including film, TV, documentary, animation and interactive narrative games content.

Financed by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and administered by the BFI, the UKGSF is focused on accelerating export growth and deepening international relationships with the UK. Aimed at boosting the international competitiveness of UK screen content whilst growing the revenues, reach and partnerships of domestic independent businesses, the fund is constructed to help develop and produce projects with international appeal, support the worldwide distribution of UK content, and encourage collaboration with international partners.

Consideration will be given to where companies are based, where projects are made and how projects reflect the culture and talent of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the English regions outside Greater London.

The UKGSF allocates funding to three open access strands. 

International Distribution

Support for sales and distribution of one or more UK feature films (drama, documentary, animation) in international territories - this strand is currently closed for applications, however it will relaunch in the coming months.

International Business Development

Financial support for business strategies that drive international growth and IP development for companies working in film, TV (animation, drama and documentary) and interactive narrative gaming - this strand is currently closed for applications, however it will relaunch in the coming months.

International Co-production

Support for UK companies to be partners in international productions, sharing IP and revenue on TV (animation and documentary) and film projects with audience potential - the strand is now open for applications until 26 July 2022.

Find out more about the UK Global Screen Fund and how to apply.


First published 18 May 2022.