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UK Film Exhibition Workforce Survey 2022

This report offers an overview of the results from a survey which aimed to provide a snapshot of who is working in UK film exhibition, what needs to change, and what skills and training the sector requires to develop and thrive.


A sustainable production guide

How to limit environmental impacts at every stage in the production process.This guide is for artistic directors, producers, directors, production managers, lighting designers and technicians, set designers and builders, costume designers, and performing arts practitioners across the industry seeking to understand and reduce their environmental impacts.

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The place of women in European film productions

The sexual assault allegations brought against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein laid bare the painful reality for scores of women working in the film industry around the world. However, sexual harassment is seemingly just the tip of the iceberg in an industry where gender inequalities relating to biased representation and pay are arguably systematic and pervasive. 

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The Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion

This Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion serves as a companion piece to the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study Missing & Maligned: The Reality of Muslims in Popular Global Movies and draws from the real opportunity to engage Muslim communities further, unearth incredible stories, and ensure Muslims feel seen and empowered to tell their tales.

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Annual ScreenSkills Assessment 2019

In 2018-19 ScreenSkills and the Work Foundation worked together to deliver the first year of the Skills Forecasting Service (SFS), using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.


Widening the appeal for Virtual Reality

When it comes to creative tech experiences, a large proportion of the public still face significant barriers to entry. This report outlines some key principles for overcoming these. 


Screen Business Report

Published by the BFI, the report reveals the highest ever return on investment to the UK economy of £13.48 billion (GVA) from the UK’s government’s screen tax reliefs from 2017-2019. The in-depth triennial report shows the tax reliefs generated record-breaking levels of production and jobs; grew local businesses and infrastructure expansion across the UK’s nations and England’s regions


Producers Rountable

The report, commissioned by Producers’ Roundtable surveyed 149 UK independent producers about earnings, working practices, education and socio-economic background. The findings paint a challenging picture of the UK’s independent sector, with respondents commenting on the dire financial prospects for producing indie films, but also the impact on their mental health and barriers to diversity in the sector.


Directing Nudity & 
Simulated Sex

As well as consulting with our members, we’ve approached colleagues from across the sector for their best practice – including performers, casting directors, agents, intimacy coordinators, sister unions and guilds, and production companies.

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Future of Film Report 2021

Future of Film’s goal remains to inspire and empower storytellers and then the wider industry, to help us to create a future of film that is inclusive, sustainable and rewards innovation and creativity.

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Missing & Maligned: Muslims in Popular Movies


The purpose of the present study was to explore the prevalence and portrayal of Muslim characters in popular film. The study includes both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of 200 top-grossing movies released between 2017 and 2019 across four countries: the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

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Tackling class inequality in the UK Screen Industries

This report shows that in 2020 over half of people working in the UK’s Screen Industries were from privileged backgrounds (53%), compared to 38% of people working in any role. In contrast, people from working-class backgrounds are significantly under-represented in UK Screen, with only one in four of the Screen workforce from lower socio-economic backgrounds, compared to 38% of people across the economy.

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Inclusion & Diversity in VFX & Animation

This survey into inclusion and diversity in VFX (Visual Effects), Animation and Post-Production was conducted by the UK Screen Alliance.


Parents & Carers in UK Film and TV 

Making It Possible survey - Voices of Parents & Carers in the UK Film and TV Industry.

In 2015 Raising Films started a conversation about the challenges faced by parents and carers working in film and television. Now, we’re proud to present what we’ve learned with the results of our survey — the first nationwide look into the impact of caring on career development across the industry.


Short Film & VR Travel Grant

Short filmmakers, as well as makers producing virtual reality / immersive storytelling experiences and installations, can apply for Travel Grants to attend international film festivals and events where their work is being screened.


Working Time in the TV Industry

This report is the result of over a year of work by the teams at Share My Telly Job and academics at the Universities of York and Hull as part of the Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN), the report records the hours people work in their television jobs. It concludes that people are working on average 14 hours more than the general population, equivalent of two extra work days each week. 


Structurally F*cked

This report into artists’ pay and working conditions published by Industria and a-n The Artists Information Company reveals the extent of underpayment of artists in the UK’s public art sector. Structurally F–cked draws its title and data from testimonies gathered through Artist Leaks, an anonymous online survey of visual artists conducted by Industria.

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Historic Gender Parity in Family Films

This report analyzes representations of gender, race, LGBTQ+, disability, age (over 60) and body size (large) in the top-grossing family films (rated G, PG, or PG-13) of 2019. We also include analysis of leading characters in live action and animated family films from over a decade (2007 – 2019).


Gender Representation in the Short Film Industry

Short Film Conference, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur are collaborating to create a tool that will produce numbers and analyze statistics in the short film industry in order to promote collective awareness and nurture action when deemed necessary.

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Race and Ethnic Diversity - 2020


Racial and Ethnic Diversity: a deep-dive into Diamond data presents the proportion of contributions that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people make to our television programmes.

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Adjusting the colour balance

In 2015, Directors UK issued its first ever report on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) directorial representation in UK television production. The report revealed just how few television programmes are directed by BAME directors.


Bectu - Rates of pay guidelines

The information here reflects the recommended going rates set by the relevant freelance branch(es), covering film and independent production, after consultation with members. Bectu also recommends minimum terms and conditions for all those not covered by an agreement.

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Film Festivals and Filmmakers Report

The main goal of this survey was to assess how festivals contribute to filmmaker sustainability, particularly in regard to financial compensation. Specifically, we asked about revenue sharing, screening fees, panel stipends, cash awards, and travel and lodging paid out to filmmakers.

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The story of immersive users

The focus of this report is on the users of immersive technologies. The report is based on a range of studies that span the Extended Reality (XR) gamut, including Augmented Reality (AR) apps on phones and large screens, Mixed Reality (MR) headset experiences and a long range study of Virtual Reality (VR) headset users.


Engagement & Learning with VR

The research reveals that, when best practices are followed, VR activations can be successful in impacting and engaging audiences in varied
venues and at many different events.

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