Pyramids Business Park is a new business park in Cairo, Egypt and the flagship location for the British Film Commission (BFC) outside of London. The site will be dedicated to supporting BFC’s work on international production and include space for TV series and large-scale film productions with Moroccan, Egyptian, Turkish & Emirati content.
The BFC has been working on various initiatives to strengthen the relationships between British filmmakers and Middle Eastern talent including an inaugural event at Pyramids Business Park in October 2015 highlighting some of the best short films made in Egypt. The event attracted a range of high-profile Egyptian talent including Omar Sherif and Doaa Eladl the filmmakers behind the award winning film ‘Certified Copy,’ which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2010 and was screened widely around the world.
The event received widespread media coverage from local, regional and international media channels following the success of ‘The Nile Hilton Incident’ – a fiction feature film made by Swedish/Egyptian director Tarik Saleh – that premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2016. The BFC worked closely during post-production with Tarik to promote the film internationally and secure distribution partners, including a deal for France with ARP Selection.
The following are frequently asked questions about the British Film Commission.
– What is the role of the British Film Commission?
– The BFC’s main role is to support domestic and international filming in the UK. This is achieved through a variety of initiatives including development grants, production grants and tax incentives; ensuring that all eligible companies receive BFC help wherever possible. The BFC also provides practical advice every step of the way, from initial enquiry to establishing a project and filming. We also manage several industry resources, including Skillset and Film London’s shared facilities scheme – Odeon Stage & Screen.
– Who is the British Film Commission?
– The BFC operates under the Arts Council England and is based in Soho, London. We work with all major UK film companies including Pinewood, Ealing and Warner Bros. Our team supports the development of international projects by providing advice on filming in the UK and by funding key initiatives aimed at enhancing skills and knowledge of the industry.
– What do we do to support filming in the UK?
– We provide advice on all aspects of filming, from script development through to production and marketing. We also manage several industry resources – like Skillset Film Fund and Odeon Stage & Screen – that provide assistance with hiring equipment or crew members, or getting facilities discounts.
– What countries does the BFC work with?
– The BFC works in all the key markets; including North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. We also have offices in Los Angeles (US), Paris (France) and Hong Kong as well as partners in Morocco and Abu Dhabi.
– How do we fund filming?
– The BFC is a non-departmental public body which receives its core funding from the Arts Council England. Additional funding is secured through private sector partnerships, which are managed by the British Film Commission.
– What do the tax incentives and grants from the BFC mean?
– The UK Government provides a variety of schemes to encourage foreign productions to shoot in the country. These include production services tax relief, which offers a 20% tax rebate for qualifying expenditure on all qualifying expenditure incurred in the UK between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2011. We also offer development grants which are awarded to help develop new film or television projects by promising writers. These are awarded up to £10,000 and can be given to writers looking to develop scripts with high potential. We offer development grants of up to £30,000 for short films or short series with very high potential through Film London’s Odeon Stage & Screen scheme.
Through the British Film Commission, the UK Government is committed to making the UK’s tax reliefs, high-quality creative talent and diverse locations the destination of choice for filmmakers around the world. By working with industry bodies such as Skillset and Film London, we are opening up opportunities for film production in every region of the UK.