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.

UK companies who anticipate bringing in non-UK creative workers – including actors, crew and hires for facilities, for example – should familiarise themselves with existing Visa provisions, which may in the event of no transitional deal being agreed with the EU, apply to incoming EU workers from the end of March 2019. Our advice is to plan ahead. 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.