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£2m windfall for production companies

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The UK Film Council’s (UKFC) Development Fund is investing over £2m in 15 film production companies under the aegis of its Production Company Vision Awards.

The Awards will give companies up to £150,000 over two years, in order for them to nurture talent and generate, source, research and develop feature film projects with some creative freedom.

Fund Head Tanya Seghatchian said, “We want to provide a supportive arena for creative producers with forward-thinking UK production companies who have a clear vision and commitment to UK film. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the scheme from the production community and the number of applications that we received. Given the strength of those who applied we have decided to give 15 awards rather than the 10 originally envisaged.

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“We hope that by enabling producers to benefit from research and development funding, with a degree of flexibility and autonomy, they will work with us to build a more dynamic, talent-driven home for filmmakers and to broaden the quality, range and ambition of films being developed here in the UK.”

The awardees include Blueprint Pictures (Becoming Jane [+see also:
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, In Bruges [+see also:
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), Dan Films (Butterfly Kiss), Ecosse Films (Mrs Brown), Fiesta Productions (Life & Lyrics), Free Range Films (Venus [+see also:
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, Enduring Love [+see also:
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), Left Bank Pictures (The Damned United), Origin Pictures (Revolutionary Road [+see also:
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, In the Loop [+see also:
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), Potboiler Productions (The Constant Gardener [+see also:
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), Qwerty Films (The Duchess [+see also:
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), Revolution Films (24 Hour Party People [+see also:
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, In This World), See-Saw Films (Control [+see also:
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), Sigma Films (Hallam Foe [+see also:
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, Dogville [+see also:
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), Vertigo Films (London To Brighton [+see also:
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), Warp Films (This Is England [+see also:
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), and 104 Films (Special People).

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