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Film in the UK v3021 Aug09 UK Film Council Report

Film in the UK v3021 Aug09 UK Film Council Report

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Great report from the UK's Film Council about the consumption and production of film in the UK. very up to date report with lots of relevant info - use for research
Great report from the UK's Film Council about the consumption and production of film in the UK. very up to date report with lots of relevant info - use for research

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Film in the UK: A Briefing Paper
Version 3.0
Draft dated: 21/8/09
UK Film CouncilResearch and Statistics UnitAugust 2009
 
 
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Contents
Page Section 
3 Executive summary10 Overview12 1 The UK film economy
13 1.1 Employment13 1.2 Exports14 1.3 The UK filmed entertainment market16 1.4 Production18 1.5 Distribution20 1.6 Exhibition24 1.7 Film on DVD and television25 1.8 Characteristics of the UK film industry
29 2 The cultural role of film in the UK33 3 Public support for film in the UK
33 3.1 The history of public support for film35 3.2 International Co-production Agreements35 3.3 Film tax relief36 3.4 Cultural support for film36 3.5 Financial summary of UK government support to film
40 4 Sector guides
40 4.1 Production44 4.2 Post-production and visual effects46 4.3 Distribution47 4.4 Exhibition
49 5 The future, now
49 5.1 Digital exhibition and 3D50 5.2 Video on demand
52 Appendix 1: Public film bodies56 Appendix 2: Trade associations & representative bodies61 Appendix 3: UK studios65 Appendix 4: Major UK production companies
 
 
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Executive summary
 
This paper is intended as a regularly updatable summary of the key facts about the UKfilm sector for people involved in public policy work. It complements the UK Film CouncilStatistical Yearbook, http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/yearbook.For additional information see the research section on the UK Film Council web sitehttp://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/research or contact the UK Film Council Research andStatistics Unit at rsu@ukfilmcouncil.org.uk. 
The UK film economy
There are a number of different ways to measure the contribution of the film industryto UK GDP. On the narrowest measure (the direct contribution to GDP by filmexhibition, distribution and production) the ONS estimate for 2007 was £2.5 billion(0.2% of UK GDP). On the broadest measure, including inputs to film from supplierindustries, the contribution in 2006 was estimated to be £5.3 billion, or 0.46% of UKGDP. (See page 12 for further discussion of these measures).
The principal strength of the UK film industry is the depth of its production sector andskills base. The industry is well established in a number of key clusters (mainly inLondon and the South East, especially Soho in central London, but also in urbancentres around the country) and has world-class people working in all areas ofproduction and technical skills. On the talent side, the UK has a significant number ofstar actors and internationally-renowned directors and producers.
Employment 
The UK film industry (comprising production, distribution and exhibition) employedaround 35,400 people in 2008.
The film workforce has shown grown since 1996, increasing by 13% compared withan increase in the overall UK workforce of 14%.
Exports 
In 2007 the film industry earned £1,050 million in export income from film rights andfilm production services, and achieved a trade surplus with the rest of the world of£232 million.
Over the period 2003-07, the US was the largest market for UK film exports, taking51% of exports, followed by Europe with 31%.
UK filmed entertainment market 
In 2008 the UK had the third largest filmed entertainment market in the world, after
the USA and Japan, valued at US$6.5 billion (“filmed entertainment” here includes
box office receipts, home DVD and VHS rental and retail, and online downloadrevenues).

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