Making an application
Before you make your application please read through the co-production guidelines. Applications for British film certification should be made to the BFI Certification Unit. Applicants should apply for interim certification at least 4 weeks before principal photography starts.
Applications should be sent to:
The Certification Unit
British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
Here is a list of productions which have received final certification under a co-production agreement.
Bi-lateral co-production treaties
The UK currently has ten active bi-lateral treaties with:
- Australia (PDF)
- Canada (PDF)
- France (PDF)
- India (PDF)
- Israel (PDF)
- Jamaica (PDF)
- Morocco (PDF)
- New Zealand (PDF)
- Occupied Palestinian Territories (PDF)
- South Africa (PDF)
European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production
The UK is one of many countries that is a signatory to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. You can view a copy of the agreement and list signatories on the Council of Europe website.
The UK Government has signed a treaty with China on 23 April 2014. It will be subject to constitutional procedures before it can be ratified and come into force.
The UK government signed a treaty with Brazil on 28 September 2013. The press release is available here. It will be subject to constitutional procedures in both countries before it can be ratified and come into force.
The UK/Morocco co-production treaty is now in force.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Certification Unit as early as possible to discuss their application. The unit are happy to meet applicants at any stage of development and work with them on their projects. For further details on the or to discuss a particular project please telephone Anna Mansi, BFI Certification Manager, on +44 (0)20 7173 3214 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You can also view HMRC’s guidance on tax relief and co-productions on their website. For further information on UK tax relief, click here. Media lawyers and accountants can provide advice on British qualification and accessing UK tax relief. Contacts can be found in the UK production directories below.
How to find a UK co-producer
The following sources are useful for finding contacts for UK producers/production companies: