British Film Institute Hands Out $4.3 Million Across 20 Production Companies

10:19 AM PST 05/01/2013 by Stuart Kemp
"The Last King of Scotland"

Recipients of the Vision Awards include Cowboy Films, which produced Kevin Macdonald's "The Last King of Scotland" and "Marley," and award-winning doc producer John Battsek's outfit Passion Pictures.

LONDON -- Production company Cowboy Films, with credits including Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland and Marley, award-winning doc producer John Battsek's outfit Passion Pictures and sales and finance banner Independent are among the big winners of a cash handout from the British Film Institute.

The outfits are on the list of 20 British production companies selected to grab a share of $4.3 million (£2.8 million) handed out separately from the pool from 170 applicants.

Set up to help grow a sustainable U.K. film industry, the BFI dished out its Vision Award of up to $310,000 (£200,000) to each selected applicant over two years for film development and company growth.

The trio were among eight companies to get the maximum annual award of $155,000 (£100,000) for the two-year period.

The BFI said the successful companies "each demonstrated a clear strategic vision for their future growth as well as a commitment to nurturing a diverse range of new voices and fresh ideas from across the U.K., with a focus on creative excellence running through all the proposals."

BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts noted that the companies chosen for the awards "had a strong vision for the future growth of their business, and we feel they’re poised to build their profile nationally and internationally, many of them by capitalizing on their filmmaker relationships and creative instincts, coupled with an entrepreneurial flair."

The BFI also pointed out that six, almost a third of those selected, are based outside London, eight feature women in leadership roles and for the first time -- and in acknowledgement of new opportunities afforded by the recently introduced U.K. tax credit for animation -- animation studios were eligible to apply, with four selected.

The BFI’s interview panel comprised Roberts, BFI creative director Heather Stewart and BFI Film Fund senior executives Chris Collins, Lizzie Francke and Natascha Wharton alongside the organization's BFI business affairs executive Jodie Orme.

BFI Vision Awards 2013-15: £100,000 awards (in alphabetical order):

42

Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney, Kate Buckley

Film credits include: Shifty, Welcome To The Punch. Upcoming: Monsters: Dark Continent

COWBOY FILMS

Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind

Credits include: The Last King of Scotland, Fire In Babylon, Marley. Upcoming: How I Live Now.

INDEPENDENT

Luc Roeg and Andrew Orr

Credits include: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Moon

LUPUS FILMS (animation)

Ruth Fielding, Camillan Deakin

Credits include: The Snowman And The Snowdog Channel 4. Upcoming: Raymond Brigg’s Ethel & Ernest (feature).

NEXUS PRODUCTIONS (animation)

Christopher O’Reilly, Charlotte Bavasso, Claire Jennings

Oscar-nominated, and winner of three Cannes Lions Grand Prix and two Black D&AD Pencils.

PASSION PICTURES and RED BOX FILMS (documentary)

John Battsekand Andrew Ruhemann - Passion Pictures

Simon Chinn- Red Box Films

Combined credits include One Day in September (Passion), Man on Wire (Red Box), Project Nim, The Imposter, Searching for Sugar Man.

WARP FILMS

Mark Herbert, Robin Gutch

Credits include: Four Lions, Submarine, This Is England.  Upcoming: Yann Demange’s ’71 and Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril

WILDGAZE FILMS

Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

Credits include: Quartet, An Education. Upcoming: Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down based on Nick Hornby's novel

BFI Vision Awards: £50,000 awards

BLUE-ZOO ANIMATION (animation)

Oli Hyatt, Tom Box, Adam Shaw

BAFTA nominated Blue-Zoo have produced quality animation for SKY, BBC, Nickelodeon, Freemantle, Cartoon Network and Disney.

FLICKERPIX (animation)

Joel Simon, David Cumming, Tim Bryans

Award-winning Northern Ireland-based animation studio has identified a gap in the market for low-to-medium budget stop motion animated feature films.

FLY FILM

Kate Ogborn, Lisa-Marie Russo

Credits include: The Spirit of ’45, Swandown, Self Made, The Deep Blue Sea.

FORWARD FILMS

Kate Myers and Tracy Brimm

Credits include: Grabbers, Skeletons

INFLAMMABLE FILMS

Diarmid Scrimshaw

Credits include: BAFTA-winningTyrannosaur

JW FILMS

James Wilson

Credits include: Attack The Block, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology. Upcoming: Under The Skin

ORIGIN PICTURES

David Thompson

Credits include: The Awakening. Upcoming: Mandela and X+Y

RAINY DAY

Rebekah Gilbertson, Nicole Carmen-Davis

Credits include: The Edge Of Love. Upcoming: Panda Eyes, Miss Shirley Bassey

ROAST BEEF PRODUCTIONS (documentary)

Havana Marking, Mike Lerner, Martin Herring

Credits include: Sundance award-winning Afghan Star, Hell & Back Again, Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer. Upcoming: Smash & Grab: Story of the Pink Panthers

ROOK FILMS

Andy Starke, Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump

Credits include: Kill List, Sightseers. Upcoming: A Field In England

STRAY BEAR FILMS

Ivana Mackinnon

Credits include: The Scouting Book For Boys, The Descent 2

THIRD FILMS

Samm Haillay and Duane Hopkins

Credits include: Better Things. Upcoming: Bypass (currently in production)

 

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