Advisory notice on Brexit and the UK film sector:

Whilst changes are anticipated as a result of Brexit, as previously advised, central government remains committed to the continuation of funding mechanisms under UK law, including National Lottery funding for film, as disbursed by the BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Northern Ireland Screen and Creative Scotland, as well as the on-going provision of UK tax credits, which can be accessed by British qualifying film, high-end or childrens’ television, games or animation.  Please see BFI’s guidance on qualification.

The UK Government has created an interactive information hub you can explore to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready, and have also published guidance on preparing for no deal Brexit if you work in arts, culture or heritage, as well as if you provide digital, technology and computer services.

The BFI have published an FAQ page providing concise answers to some of the key questions the screen industries have on Brexit. If you have additional queries or concerns, you can email their dedicated Brexit advice mailbox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , where you can ask questions and let them know about how Brexit is affecting you, all in the strictest confidence.

Advice on obtaining a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ (allowing circa three months), needed in advance of applying for visas, together with information on the various categories of visa is provided by the British Film Commission.

Since the EU referendum in June 2016, Ffilm Cymru Wales has been working alongside multiple creative industries' organisations across the UK who have pooled resources in addressing challenges and opportunities that may arise in relation to Brexit. This work has been spearheaded by the BFI, Creative Industries Council and Creative Industries Federation, who have collectively engaged in research, contracted legal advice and worked directly with government, across multiple departments.

Some of the results of that work can be seen in the recognition of the creative industries in the Industrial Strategy, its sector deal and the recently announced AHRC Creative Cluster awards, of which Cardiff is a recipient. Likewise, the creative sector should be mindful to tap into any opportunities afforded by the British Business Bank, as well as the Development Bank Wales; the Prosperity Fund and Innovate UK offers.

See also:

No Deal: A Guide for Startups - The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec)