Lottery money to org

The British Film Commission, which is responsible for encouraging and supporting international film production in Blighty, has been awarded an additional £100,000 ($158,200) of lottery coin from the British Film Institute.

In addition to the uptick in lottery funding, the promotional agency now has six commercial sponsors that will form the founding membership of the agency’s public-private partnership.

Warner Bros. and its U.K.-based production operations, Disney, vfx house Framestore, Pinewood Studios Group, accountancy firm RSM Tenon and media lawyers Harbottle & Lewis are privately sponsoring the BFC.

The six new sponsors have boarded the agency following U.K. film minister Ed Vaizey’s remit to make the BFC a public-private partnership.

BFC also draws funding from the Dept. for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI.

“This innovative approach will assist the BFC in attracting inward investment and developing collaborative partnerships as well as celebrating our rich cultural heritage worldwide through increased film export opportunities,” Vaizey said.

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