Department for International Trade is the international trade and economic development arm of the British government, supporting British business in accessing global markets, and working with overseas companies to invest in Britain to tap our exceptional talent base and dynamic economy.
Department for International Trade offers both expertise and an extensive network of contacts through its bank of specialists worldwide, housed at our British embassies and diplomatic offices around the globe. We provide companies with the support and tools they require to be internationally competitive.
The UK is the world’s sixth largest economy, with a vibrant, world-class creative sector - the largest in the EU. Britain exports £8.9 billion in the creative industries and employs 1.5 million people directly, with another million working in creative jobs in other businesses. In the television sector, the UK is Europe’s leading exporter of TV programmes, surpassed only by the USA. Moreover, UK television content sales have increased four-fold over the past decade to over £2 billion. How can Department for International Trade help your business?
Northern Ireland Screen is the government-backed lead agency in Northern Ireland for the film, television and digital content industry, driving global growth through boosting our economy, celebrating our culture and enhancing our children’s education.
As the national screen agency for Northern Ireland, we are committed to maximising the economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industries to the benefit of Northern Ireland. This goal is pursued through our mission to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Screen provides focused intervention in 6 key areas:
- FILMING IN NORTHERN IRELAND
- Locations, the Paint Hall Studio, crew & services, finance & tax incentives
- INVESTMENT AND FUNDING
- What we fund and how you can apply to us for funding
- BUSINESS AND SKILLS
- Affiliated and industry standard training courses and financial assistance for skills development.
- IRISH LANGUAGE BROADCAST FUND
- Information on the ILBF, Irish language programming, ILBF training schemes and how to apply for ILBF funding
- How Northern Ireland Screen promotes the use of moving image as a tool for learning
- ARCHIVE AND EXHIBITION
- Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive (DFA), the exhibition sector in Northern Ireland, festivals and markets at home and abroad.
Northern Ireland Screen is a company limited by guarantee, currently employing 21 people and we are governed by a Board of thirteen directors. The Chairman is Rick Hill and Kenneth Branagh is Honorary President.
It is primarily funded by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and the UK Film Council (UKFC) and it is delegated by the Arts Council of NI (ACNI) to administer Lottery funding for film in Northern Ireland.
Pact is the UK trade association representing and promoting the commercial interests of independent feature film, television, digital, children’s and animation companies.
The UK audiovisual sector is a great economical and cultural success story. The creative and innovative approach to programme development has meant that the UK is now one of the world leaders in global distribution of both pre-made television programmes and programme formats.
Our unique and effective intellectual property (IP) regime has led to our industry adopting the ability to use IP to meet consumer demand across a much wider range of media platforms, consumer devices and formats than ever before.
Scottish Development International (SDI) works to attract inward investment and knowledge to Scotland to help the economy grow. It also helps Scottish companies to do more business overseas and promote Scotland as a good place to live, work and do business. It is jointly operated by Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, and its work is guided by the Scottish Government’s strategy for economic development in Scotland.
Wales Screen is a small but dedicated and knowledgeable team within the Creative Industries sector of the Welsh Government. Established in 2002 (as the Wales Screen Commission), we have assisted thousands of productions over the years. If you need any advice about locations or filming in Wales in general, please get in touch.
Wales Screen works with international and domestic projects of all shapes and sizes from short films to feature films, photo-shoots to commercials, documentaries to dramas, and provides invaluable assistance to productions filming in Wales.
We can help with:
- Government liaison
- Location scouting and research
- Providing location images and contact details
- Sourcing freelance crew
- Sourcing facility companies (catering, lighting, equipment hire etc.)
- Sourcing accommodation (hotels / serviced apartments etc.)
- Liaising with the relevant location owners with regards to obtaining permissions etc.
- Liaising with land owners, such as the National Parks, National Trust, Local Authorities etc.
- Liaising with local Police etc. to assist with logistics such as road closures