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Ink Factory Receives BFI Grant to Support Asia Slate Expansion

As seen in Screen Daily - 16 December 2021

Published: 06 Jan 2022

Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen’s Number 9 Films, Sheffield-based production firm Warp Films, and Mike Goodridge’s Good Chaos are among 25 companies to receive a total of £2.1m in the latest awards from the UK Global Screen Fund.

Allocated through the £7m fund’s International Business Development strand, the awards are non-repayable grants ranging between £50,000 and £117,600 in total across a three-year period.

Scroll down for the list of awarded companies

They are given to support UK screen content businesses in enhancing their international activities, to create and develop UK projects that can reach global audiences.

Individual company awards have not been disclosed at this stage.

Number 9 Films receives support towards development staff to expand into high-end scripted TV with international sales potential. The company has TV projects in development with streamers and broadcasters, having so far made independent film titles such as YouthCarol and 2021’s Mothering Sunday.

Similarly, Warp’s support goes towards a key development hire to accelerate the company’s TV business across broadcasters and streamers, targeting IP and talent with international appeal. The firm’s recent credits include Sky Atlantic series Little Birds, Channel 4’s The Virtues and Amazon feature Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Good Chaos, which was one of nine international companies to sign a deal with Fremantle backed-label The Creatives last month, and has received backing to support its film and TV slate of intenational film and TV projects; while John le Carré producers The Ink Factory, is being supportted to back the company’s move into major Asian markets.

Last month the Global Screen Fund was renewed for a further three years, administered by the British Film Institute (BFI) and backed by government money allocated in the budget. It backed nine UK-international co-productions in its latest funding round last week, to a total of £1.32m.

UK Global Screen Fund December 2021 International Business Development awards

Alphablocks Limited

Avanti Media

The Black Camel Picture Company

Blazing Griffin

Bohemia Club

Cantilever Media

Digital Media Distribution

Dog Ears

Dorothy Street Pictures

Good Chaos

Ida Rose

ie ie Productions

The Ink Factory

Little Door Productions

Number 9 Films

Outsider Games

Rebel Television & Media

Revolution Software

SFB Games

Sketchbook Games

Slim Film & Television

Synchronicity Films

Two Rivers Media

Warp Films

Water & Power Productions