UKFC award has $3 mil Vision

Council launches production awards

LONDON -- The U.K. Film Council on Friday laid down the gauntlet to British production companies, putting 1.5 million pounds ($3 million) up for grabs for creative producers "with a vision for the future of U.K. film."

The new funding plan, dubbed the Production Company Vision Awards, will give successful applicants cash to "broaden the quality, range and ambition of films and talents being developed in the U.K."

The Vision Awards will offer a maximum of 10 production companies up to 150,000 pounds ($300,000) spread over two years, to enable them to nurture talent and to generate, source, research and develop feature film projects.

The award money will come from the U.K. Film Council's Development fund cashpool.

"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," development fund chief Tanya Seghatchian said.

Successful applicants will need to detail their record of success in movie production and set out a vision statement for the company.