Magazine article Screen International

BFI Announces Vision Awards

Magazine article Screen International

BFI Announces Vision Awards

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20 UK production companies selected for £2.8m awards from 170 applicants.Scroll down for full list

Designed to help grow strong and sustainable UK film businesses, each company will receive a Vision Award of up to £200k over two years for film development and company growth.

The list of recipients comprises a healthy combination of fledgling and established UK production outfits.

According to the BFI, the successful companies "each demonstrated a clear strategic vision for their future growth as well as a commitment to nurturing a diverse range of new voices and fresh ideas from across the UK, with a focus on creative excellence running through all the proposals".

The open and competitive application process saw more than 170 applicants shortlisted down to 34 who then undertook interviews with a panel of senior executives from the BFI before the 20 successful companies were chosen.

Six, almost a third of those selected, are based outside London; eight feature women in leadership roles; and for the first time - and in acknowledgement of new opportunities afforded by the recently introduced UK tax credit for animation - animation studios were eligible to apply, with four selected.

Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund commented: "Each of the companies selected had a strong vision for the future growth of their business and we feel they're poised to build their profile nationally and internationally, many of them by capitalising on their filmmaker relationships and creative instincts, coupled with an entrepreneurial flair.

"We think it's an exciting and eclectic mix, and I'm really pleased we could support UK animation studios for the first time. This sizable investment in development will help to build the foundations of future growth and success for UK film."

The BFI's interview panel comprised director of the BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts; BFI creative director, Heather Stewart; BFI Film Fund senior executives, Chris Collins, Lizzie Francke and Natascha Wharton; and BFI business affairs executive, Jodie Orme.BFI Vision Awards 2013-15

£100,000 awards (in alphabetical order)

42

Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney, Kate Buckley

Film credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch.

Upcoming: Monsters: Dark Continent

42 are taking a unique and entrepreneurial approach to forming a UK film business, bringing talent management and production under one roof.

COWBOY FILMS

Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind

Credits include: The Last King of Scotland, Fire In Babylon, Marley.

Upcoming: How I Live Now.

Across its narrative features, feature documentaries, and TV drama, Cowboy have impressed with a track record of introducing and working with filmmakers and writers of outstanding quality.

INDEPENDENT

Luc Roeg, Andrew Orr

Credits include: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Moon

By successfully straddling production, international sales, and UK distribution, Independent can expertly strategise and oversee a film's journey through production, international festival selection and eventual release into the marketplace. With a strong commitment to new and emerging UK talent, Independent provide a unique and important offer for the UK market.

LUPUS FILMS (animation)

Ruth Fielding, Camillan Deakin

Credits include: The Snowman And The Snowdog.

Upcoming: Raymond Brigg's Ethel & Ernest (feature).

Lupus intends to apply their first-class artistry to recognisable and well-loved properties (such as Raymond Briggs), to spearhead a revival of 2D animation in the UK and establish themselves as a formidable, and uniquely, British animation film company.

NEXUS PRODUCTIONS (animation)

Christopher O'Reilly, Charlotte Bavasso, Claire Jennings

Oscar-nominated, and winner of three Cannes Lions Grand Prix and two Black D&AD Pencils, Nexus have a track record in developing animation talent and have partnered with award-winning producer Claire Jennings (Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit and Coraline) as they move into features. …

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