In order to qualify for the UK ’s creative sector tax reliefs, all films, animation and television programmes or video games must be certified as British through the cultural test or qualify as an official co-production.
The unit offers advice on qualification under the cultural tests, the UK ’s bi-lateral co-production agreements and the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production.
Find out about the tax reliefs .
Log back into an existing applicationLog in
Apply for British certification
Qualify through the cultural test or as an official co-production.
Advance notice regarding technical upgrade to database system
We have started work on updating the cultural test and co-production application forms and our own database system for managing the certification applications across film, high-end television, animation television, children’s television and video games. We are undertaking this work to improve administrative processes and user experience. The current system will be running until Friday 17 March 2023, after which you will not be able to submit any further applications using this system. We will then be launching the new application forms on Monday 3 April 2023, which will be available via the same webpages. Applications will effectively not be able to be made for a two-week period. If you wish to submit an application before Monday 3 April 2023 or if you have a saved in-progress application within your account this needs to be completed by 11:59pm on Friday 17 March. We appreciate your support and patience during this switch, and we will keep you fully updated.
The cultural test for film
Qualify for tax relief through the cultural test for film.Find out more
The cultural test for animation programmes
Qualify for tax relief through the cultural test for animation programmes.Find out more
The cultural test for children’s television programmes
Qualify for tax relief through the cultural test for children’s television programmes.Find out more
The cultural test for high-end television
Qualify for tax relief through the cultural test for high-end television.Find out more
The cultural test for video games
Qualify for tax relief through the cultural test for video games.Find out more
Qualify for tax relief as an official co-production for film, high-end television, animation and children’s television.Find out more
For live tweets from certification events and to read the latest news, follow Head of Certification Anna Mansi on Twitter.Follow now
How to get a BFI Certificate of Audiovisual Work
Getting a BFI Certificate of Audiovisual Work (which has replaced the EC Certificate of British Nationality) may give producers more opportunities to exhibit your production in Europe.Find out more
Frequently asked questions
Explaining the application and assessment process.Find out more
International competent authorities
A list of contacts in countries where the UK currently has bi-lateral co-production treaties and signatories to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production.Find out more
National and regional film agencies
A list of the UK’s national and regional film organisations.Find out more
The European Union’s funding programme for the audiovisual industry and creative sectors.Go to website
We Are UK FILM
Representing UK filmmaking internationally at festivals and markets.Go to website