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17.2 The volume of UK film production In 2013, 241 films were produced wholly or in part in the UK, down from 326 in 2012. Of these, 37 were co-productions, 167 were domestic UK features (of which 104 had budgets under £500,000) and 37 were inward investment films (Figure 17.2). The biggest fall was in domestic UK films with budgets under £500,000, from 177 to 104. However, there is often a delay in acquiring full data on low and micro-budget feature film activity in the UK, and the number for 2013 is likely to be revised upwards. The number of films produced in the UK grew from below 50 in 1994 to a peak of 369 in 2010. From 2008 onwards, the data collected include feature films with budgets of less than £500,000 which partially explains the increase. Prior to 2008 the collection of data on films with this budget was not comprehensive. The number of co-productions fell from 2007 reflecting a tightening in co-production certification requirements followed by the introduction of the new film production tax relief based on a film’s UK spend rather than the entirety of the production budget. Minority co-productions saw the greatest reduction. Figure 17.2 Number of feature films produced in the UK, 1994-2013 Number of features 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Inward investment 13 14 25 20 16 22 28 23 16 46 28 51 29 33 32 37 30 36 39 37 Domestic UK 33 34 73 84 67 70 52 51 37 62 63 101 125 175 231 258 303 264 242 167 Of which… budget ≥ £500,000 – – – – – – – – – 48 40 55 57 72 83 89 78 86 65 63 budget < £500,000 – – – – – – – – – 14 23 46 68 103 148 169 225 178 177 104 Co-production – – – – – – – – 66 106 105 68 53 33 30 38 36 45 45 37 Of which… majority and parity co-production – – – – – – – – – 21 22 14 20 16 15 13 25 24 24 20 minority co-production – – – – – – – – – 85 83 54 33 17 15 25 11 21 21 17 Total 46 48 98 104 83 92 80 74 119 214 196 220 207 241 293 333 369 345 326 241 Source: BFI RSU Notes: Inward features include inward investment co-productions from 2002 and a small number of visual effects (VFX) only titles from 2007. UK co-productions not available by shoot date prior to 2002. Data for 2003-2012 updated since publication of the 2013 Yearbook. Inward investment includes a spike in the number of non-USA (mainly Indian) inward investment films in 2005. Includes both official and unofficial co-productions. Majority co-production means a co-production in which the UK investment is the largest single national investment (not necessarily an absolute majority). Parity co-production means a co-production in which the UK and at least one other country contributed equal largest investments. Minority co-production means a co-production in which at least one other country made a larger investment than the UK. 182 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014


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