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2015 (and archive news)

Cannes will see the launch of our free forthcoming film and TV productions. This will be available to all companies on the campaign.

BFTV will be promoted at Cannes both in person, online and in print.



Autumn Statement: Creative Skillset welcomes tax relief for live Children’s TV production and calls on industry to seize the benefits.

As Creative Industries companies welcomed the decision to widen tax incentives into live Children’s television production in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement  ,– the research and skills body for the creative industries Creative Skillset has called on the tv production community to seize its benefits.

The Chancellor announced that he would extend tax relief and benefit the Children’s live television sector.  Animated children’s tv already receives such tax relief.

Creative Skillset now would like to engage live children’s tv  producers to make plans for how they can work together with Creative Skillset to plan for and invest in the skills needed.

Nick Catliff, MD Lion TV, the creators of Horrible Histories and a member of Creative Skillsets TV Skills Council said: 

Extending tax relief to live children’s TV is a really good way to boost growth in our sector and aid the expansion of training and skills.

We have seen how this stimulates companies to invest in training and development in high-end television and animation, so it’s a smart move and important for children’s tv production in this country for the tax relief to be available to us now.

Dinah Caine CBE, CEO of Creative Skillset said: “The changes to the tax relief for children’s tv production is a real boost to the growth of our industries and needs to support developing skills and talent.

Tax relief elsewhere has enabled companies to make major investments in training.

High end television industry for example, has invested more than £2.m in training via the High end television voluntary levy since April 2013. 

Now Creative Skillset with the production companies need to plan for how we work together to support children’s live tv.

The tax changes announced in the autumn statement will be introduced from April 2015 and legislated in the Finance Bill 2015.


Women In Film and Television Awards

We are delighted to announce that the host of this year’s Women in Film and Television Awards will be much loved comedian and presenter Sandi Toksvig.

The Awards, which are supported by Sky, take place at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Friday 5th December and will be attended by almost 1000 film and TV industry guests. Toksvig will oversee proceedings as awards are presented in 14 categories recognising the highest achievements of women in creative media in the UK.

Toksvig commented: “I'm delighted to be hosting this year's awards. It's always both jolly and invigorating to meet so many fabulous women in the industry.”

Toksvig is perhaps best known as the host of Radio 4s The News Quiz and as a regular guest on TV panel show QI. Most recently she has hosted Antiques Master, 1001 Things You Should Know and currently 15-1. She has also had acting cameos in Call the Midwife and Up the Women.

Toksvig has also produced television. The current Playhouse Presents strand on Sky Arts was conceived by her and she produced and wrote much of the content for the first three years. She has written over twenty books including fact and fiction for both children and adults. Her latest stage play, Bully Boy, was the opening production of London’s newest theatre, the St James. The piece has just concluded a successful run in Copenhagen.

Follow all the action from the awards live on Twitter using #WFTVAwards.


The 2014/15 Royal Television Society Awards for Bristol & the West of England

Download the ENTRY FORM HERE

We are now calling for submissions for the 2014/15 Royal Television Society Awards for Bristol & the West of England.

Our creative centre is one of national and international significance and this is your chance to get recognition for what makes the West of England region the best in the world at what it does.

Every year The Royal Television Society rewards the exceptional achievement of directors, producers, actors, presenters, writers, film makers, editors and camera operators (amongst others) and the very best examples of graphics, music and digital creativity.

The 2014/15 West of England Awards has two exciting new awards-for Animation and Short Film, to reflect the quality and range of projects coming out of the region. It also features the growing significance of Drama & Film in the region and a great number of Network Television categories - from factual to natural history to children’s. We welcome on-screen talent to enter the awards and we would like to encourage new faces. Amongst the exceptional Craft  Skills we include Cinematography, Sound and Director once more, along with Graphics and Visual FX and Composer. We recognise the extraordinary skills of Digital Media in our area - with the Digital Creativity award and will also highlight the excellence of News  with categories including Best Reporter and News Coverage.

This year we're particularly keen to encourage entries from individuals as well as those sponsored by companies. This is a chance for you to take your well deserved place in the spotlight.

The independent judging panels will be drawn from the UK’s leading production professionals and broadcasters.

All entries must have been broadcast or published between 1st December 2013 and 1st December 2014.

The all-important and final CLOSING DATE for entries is Monday Dec 1st 2014.

Entry Forms can also be downloaded from here.

Once again we`ll be holding our glamorous Gala Awards Party and Presentation Ceremony at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre on Sunday March 8th 2015.