Film Offices: UK (FO:UK) is formed of publicly-funded Film Offices and agencies across the UK and provides a forum which allows the group to share best practice and knowledge as well as discuss industry trends.
Established in August 2013, members of FO:UK regularly meet to share information and ideas which ensures the best possible service is given to the Film and TV industry in the areas committed to providing dedicated support.
The Film Offices: UK group consists of the following offices which facilitate filming in their local areas:
Bath Film Office
Bath Film Office covers the World Heritage city of Bath plus the old mining towns and varied landscape of north east Somerset. We promote, manage and provide advice on filming. Period filming a specialty.
Bristol Film Office
Bristol Film Office is a free service to all productions planning to film in the city, dedicated to making your film, television or commercial photography shoot run as smoothly as possible when on location in Bristol. We are a division of Bristol City Council and the one-stop-shop for all filming enquiries. We can assist at all stages of production, from initial location and crewing advice to recces and logistical support.
Film Birmingham is the film office for Birmingham run through Birmingham City Council. We are responsible for facilitating, supporting and developing the film & television industry in the city.
Film Hampshire is the appointed film office for the county. Established since 2003 as part of Hampshire County Council’s Economic Development department, the team offer film makers a free location finding service and filming advice. Their extensive database features around 400 locations from across the region.
Glasgow Film Office
Glasgow Film Office was established in 1997 to provide for Glasgow City Council a “one stop shop” to support the logistical needs of film and television production. Whether you are only considering filming in Glasgow or actively seeking locations, please use us as your first point of contact because, with more than 15 years of experience, our staff can assist with all manner of enquiries.
Liverpool Film Office
Liverpool Film Office is the first and oldest Film Office in the UK we are a department of Liverpool City Council that is responsible for facilitating television and film production in Liverpool and Merseyside.
Screen Manchester is Manchester’s Film Office and delivers a comprehensive support service for all types of production seeking permission to film on location within Manchester. Our experienced team have worked on a range of high end TV, feature film and commercial productions and will provide a detailed service which includes; location finding, permissions and liaison, road closures and traffic management clearance and links to sourcing local crew and facilities.
FifeScreen+TayScreen is the screen commission for Fife and Tayside in Scotland serving Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire. We provide a free service to help projects across all kinds of media to source film locations, services and crew and work across the region to ensure a film-crew friendly reception.
Bradford Film Office
Based in the world’s first UNESCO City of Film we provide a FREE service which will allow you to find the perfect location, advice on crew, assistance with permissions, how to approach parking and traffic control. Having close connections with the local council, businesses and property owners we can guarantee to support all your needs to ensure productions run smoothly.
Cardiff Film Unit
Cardiff Film Unit (CFU) is the film office for the capital city of Wales, a division of Cardiff Council, marketing the city as a prime filming location and providing high-grade location and production services to production companies, broadcasters and independent film-makers, from initial location and crewing advice to recces and logistical support.
Film Edinburgh is the film commission for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, facilitating filmmakers looking for locations, crew and facilities and promoting a film-friendly environment for filmmakers in south east Scotland.
Established since 2016, Film:New Forest has been created as an economic development initiative by New Forest District Council (NFDC). Working in conjunction with key organisations, our aim is to boost the New Forest’s reputation as a film and TV filming location.
Kent Film Office
Kent Film Office is a Kent County Council initiative which is the premier film commission for the county of Kent and provides a location finding, film permitting and liaison service for all manner of productions. The Kent (Filming on Highways) Act 2010 also allows us to easily close roads or use traffic management for filming purposes.
Northern Film and Media
Northern Film and Media are the creative industry development agency for the north east. We work to promote the region to film and TV production companies. We have databases of locations, crew and facilities available to visiting production. All of our local authorities have signed up to our filming friendly charter – committing to understand and work with production wherever possible.
Surrey Film Office has been created as an economic development initiative by Surrey County Council. Working in conjunction with Surrey’s District and Borough Councils and key organisations, our aim is to promote Surrey as a first class filming location.
A sub-group also share a group affiliation membership to The Production Guild.
Membership is informal and open to any independent body that promotes and facilitates filming in a regional or city area of the UK and is wholly or partly funded by a local authority.
Each year a Lead Office is nominated to manage all central administration, communication and financial tasks for the FO:UK forum and from November 2016, the lead is Bath Film Office.
For more information about the Film Offices: UK group, please contact Bath Film Office on 01225 477711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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