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 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 speciality.|
|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.|
|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 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 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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 (https://channels.visitbath.co.uk/bath-film-office)
For more information about the Film Offices: UK group, please contact Bath Film Office on 01225 477711 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow the Film Offices: UK group on Twitter HERE.