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BFI picks 20 companies for Vision largesse

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- Companies to receive up to £200,000 over two years

BFI picks 20 companies for Vision largesse

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced the 20 UK film production companies selected from over 170 applicants to receive BFI Vision Awards 2013-15 (see below for full list). Designed to help grow strong and sustainable UK film businesses, each company will receive a Vision Award of up to £200,000 over two years, with the financial and creative autonomy they need to develop a slate of film projects, grow their business and bolster their company profile nationally and internationally. 

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund said, “Each of the companies selected 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 capitalising on their filmmaker relationships and creative instincts, coupled with an entrepreneurial flair. We think it’s an exciting and eclectic mix, and I’m really pleased we could support UK animation studios for the first time. This sizable investment in development will help to build the foundations of future growth and success for UK film.”    

The first Vision Awards were launched in 2008 and saw 15 companies benefit from awards of up to £75,000 per year for two years. The scheme enabled a number of companies to scale up their business and establish their international reputation through the production of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films including The King’s Speech [+see also:
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interview: Tom Hooper
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]
 (produced by See-Saw Films) and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [+see also:
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]
 (Blueprint Pictures).

BFI Vision £100,000 Awardees:
42 M&P
Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney, Kate Buckley
Credits: Shifty [+see also:
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]
, Welcome To The Punch [+see also:
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]
. Upcoming: Monsters: Dark Continent

COWBOY FILMS
Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind
Credits: The Last King of Scotland [+see also:
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]
Fire In Babylon, Marley [+see also:
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]
. Upcoming: How I Live Now [+see also:
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]

INDEPENDENT
Luc Roeg, Andrew Orr
Credits: We Need To Talk About Kevin [+see also:
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interview: Lynne Ramsay
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]
, Moon [+see also:
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]

LUPUS FILMS (animation)
Ruth Fielding, Camillan Deakin
Credits: 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, Nexus are moving into features

PASSION PICTURES and RED BOX FILMS (documentary)
John Battsek and Andrew Ruhemann - Passion Pictures
Simon Chinn - Red Box Films
Combined credits: One Day in SeptemberMan on Wire [+see also:
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]
Project Nim [+see also:
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]
, The Imposter [+see also:
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]
, Searching for Sugar Man [+see also:
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]
.

WARP FILMS
Mark Herbert, Robin Gutch
Credits: Four Lions [+see also:
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]
, Submarine [+see also:
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]
, This Is England [+see also:
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]
.  Upcoming: Yann Demange’s ’71 and Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: George Mackay
festival scope
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]
.

WILDGAZE FILMS
Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey
Credits: Quartet [+see also:
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]
, An Education [+see also:
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]
. Upcoming: Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down.

BFI Vision £50,000 Awardees:

BLUE-ZOO ANIMATION (animation)
Oli Hyatt, Tom Box, Adam Shaw
BAFTA nominated Blue-Zoo have produced 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: The Spirit of ’45 [+see also:
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]
, Swandown, Self Made, The Deep Blue Sea [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Terence Davies
film profile
]
.

FORWARD FILMS
Kate Myers and Tracy Brimm
Credits: Grabbers [+see also:
trailer
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]
, Skeletons

INFLAMMABLE FILMS
Diarmid Scrimshaw
Credits: BAFTA-winning Tyrannosaur [+see also:
trailer
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]
 

JW FILMS
James Wilson
Credits: Attack The Block [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology. Upcoming: Under The Skin [+see also:
film review
trailer
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interview: Jonathan Glazer
film profile
]

ORIGIN PICTURES
David Thompson
Credits: The Awakening [+see also:
trailer
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]
. Upcoming: Mandela and X+Y

RAINY DAY
Rebekah Gilbertson, Nicole Carmen-Davis
Credits: The Edge Of Love [+see also:
trailer
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]
. Upcoming: Panda Eyes, Miss Shirley Bassey 

ROAST BEEF PRODUCTIONS (documentary)
Havana Marking, Mike Lerner, Martin Herring
Credits: 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: Kill List [+see also:
trailer
interview: Ben Wheatley
film profile
]
, Sightseers [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Ben Wheatley
film profile
]
. Upcoming: A Field In England [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ben Wheatley
festival scope
film profile
]

STRAY BEAR FILMS
Ivana Mackinnon
Credits: The Scouting Book For Boys [+see also:
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]
, The Descent 2 [+see also:
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]
  

THIRD FILMS
Samm Haillay, Duane Hopkins
Credits: Better Things [+see also:
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]
. Upcoming: Bypass [+see also:
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]
 

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