About the BFI Film Fund
With over £30 million of Lottery funding to invest each year, the BFI is the UK's largest public investor in film, and the BFI Film Fund supports first-class British filmmaking from talent and project development, through production, to audience development across exhibition, distribution and international sales.
Films supported by the BFI Film Fund include Sarah Gavron’s critical and box office hit, 'Suffragette'; John Crowley’s 'Brooklyn'; Sean McAllister's 'A Syrian Love Story', which won the Grand Jury prize at Sheffield Doc/Fest; Yorgos Lanthimos’ 'The Lobster' which premiered In Competition at Cannes in May; Andrew Haigh’s '45 Years' which won Silver Bear awards for Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay at the Berlin Film Festival and has become the first film in the UK to gross over £1 million with a simultaneous theatrical and online release; Scott Graham’s 'Iona' which screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; John Maclean’s 'Slow West', Louise Osmond’s 'Dark Horse', and Jerry Rothwell’s 'How to Change the World' which all premiered at Sundance.
Highly anticipated films backed by the BFI include Ben Wheatley’s 'High Rise'; Terence Davies’ 'Sunset Song'; John Michael McDonagh's 'War On Everyone'; Andrea Arnold’s 'American Honey'; Colm McCarthy’s 'She Who Brings Gifts'; and Pete Travis’ 'City of Tiny Lights'.
About the BFI
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
- connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
- preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
- championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK - investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
- promoting British film and talent to the world
- growing the next generation of film makers and audiences.
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.
Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s '12 Years a Slave', Danny Boyle’s 'Slumdog Millionaire', Martin McDonagh’s 'In Bruges' and Phyllida Lloyd’s 'The Iron Lady' in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s 'Mr. Turner', Chris Morris’ 'Four Lions', Shane Meadows’ 'This is England', Ben Wheatley’s 'Sightseers', Clio Barnard’s 'The Selfish Giant' Jonathan Glazer’s 'Under the Skin' and David Mackenzie’s 'Starred Up'.
Film4’s recent releases include; Todd Haynes’ 'Carol', Sarah Gavron’s 'Suffragette', Justin Kurzel’s 'Macbeth', Yorgos Lanthimos’ 'The Lobster', Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary 'Amy', Andrew Haigh’s '45 Years', Alex Garland’s 'Ex Machina', Peter Strickland’s 'The Duke of Burgundy', Daniel Wolfe’s 'Catch Me Daddy' and John Maclean’s 'Slow West'.
Forthcoming releases include; Paolo Sorrentino’s 'Youth', Susanna White’s 'Our Kind of Traitor', Lenny Abrahamson’s 'Room', Ben Wheatley’s 'High-Rise' and 'Free Fire', Ang Lee’s 'Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk', Benedict Andrews’ 'Una' and Andrea Arnold’s 'American Honey'.
About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.