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FUNDING UK

Film4 funding increased to £25 million

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- Films from Martin McDonagh, Lenny Abrahamson, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Haigh, Steve McQueen, Clio Barnard and Mike Leigh in the works

Film4 funding increased to £25 million
Director Martin McDonagh

Channel 4 has recently increased the funding budget of Film4 from £15 million to £25 million in 2016, with the prospect of maintaining similar levels in the years to come. Film4 also has two new partnerships - a co-financing deal with Fox Searchlight for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges [+see also:
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) with producer Blueprint Pictures; and a two-year partnership with Entertainment Film Distributors and FP Films, the production company set up by The Inbetweeners [+see also:
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creators Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, for four comedy feature films.

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Other upcoming projects include Dark River [+see also:
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interview: Clio Barnard
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]
by Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant [+see also:
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interview: Clio Barnard
interview: Clio Barnard
film profile
]
), American Animals by Bart Layton (The Imposter [+see also:
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) in partnership with AI Films, Lean on Pete [+see also:
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]
by Andrew Haigh (45 Years [+see also:
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Q&A: Andrew Haigh
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]
), Mary Magdalene [+see also:
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by Garth Davis (Lion [+see also:
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]
) and Danny Boyle’s as yet untitled sequel to Trainspotting.

Also in the works are films from feature debutants – Michael Pearce’s Beast [+see also:
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interview: Michael Pearce
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]
, Toby MacDonald’s Old Boys, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us [+see also:
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interview: Adam Smith
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]
and Benedict AndrewsUna [+see also:
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 (aka Blackbird – read the news). In addition, there are projects in development from acclaimed filmmakers Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave [+see also:
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interview: Michael Fassbender
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]
), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner [+see also:
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interview: Mike Leigh
film profile
]
), Lenny Abrahamson (Room [+see also:
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]
), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
film profile
]
) and Chris Morris (Four Lions [+see also:
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]
)

Film4 Director David Kosse said, “In an increasingly global and competitive industry, building new and bolder partnerships across both production and distribution will ensure both that Film4 is able to operate as a more self-sufficient part of Channel 4 and that we continue to maintain high levels of funding into the film industry.”

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