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BFI’s Global Screen Fund International Business Development Strand reopens for games applications

Narrative game developers can apply for funding of up to £200,000 to help get their IP into international markets

The BFI’s Global Screen Fund, which is designed to boost international development, production and promotion of independent screen content, has reopened applications for its International Business development strand - allowing eligible games companies to apply for up to £200,000 in funding.

Financed by the UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the International Business Development strand of the Global Screen Fund will support three-year business strategies to take UK independent intellectual properties abroad to increase their profile and revenues.   

The fund is developed with the intention of delivering specific, measurable support to developers of narrative games that will increase a company’s revenue through export and international expansion.

This includes developing UK projects that appeal to global audiences, establishing international business partnerships, revenue streams and investment, as well as building business strategies that make use of the global digital and online realm.

The BFI aims to ensure that businesses across the UK, particularly those outside of Greater London, will see the benefit of the grants and therefore will take geographical location and the way this is reflected in the company IP into account.

Last year five of the 25 awards given went to games companies: Blazing Griffin Games, Outsider Games, Revolution Software, SFB Games and Sketchbook Games. We encourage narrative game developers in the UK to explore funding support through the fund, provided they are eligible.

Applications for the fund are open now and close on Thursday 13th October.  You can find out more about the International Business Development strand of the UK Global Screen Fund on the BFI’s website.

The BFI is also running a webinar about the fund on Thursday 4th August, which you can sign up to for free on their site here.