•Film Four Funding
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Film4 is a free digital television channel in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, owned and
operated by Channel 4, that screens films. Prior to 20 August 2007, in addition to the main channel,
Film4 also operated a one-hour-time and shifted variant, Film4+1, on satellite, cable and Freeview.
channel along with a Video on demand service, Film4 on Demand.
Film4 was originally known as FilmFour and became Channel 4's second channel (after Channel 4
itself) when it launched on 1 November 1998. It was a subscription-only service available on satellite
television via the Sky Digital platform, Digital terrestrial via ITV Digital (until the platform went into
administration in 2002), and most UK cable services. It cost £5.99 or £6.00 a month (depending on
platform), eventually rising to up to £7. The launch night, which was also broadcast on Channel 4, was
hosted by Johnny Vaughan and the first film to be shown was What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Later, additional channels were added, FilmFour World and FilmFour Extreme which operated on a
timeshare and the time-shift channel FilmFour +1. FilmFour World and Extreme were discontinued in
2003 and replaced by FilmFour Weekly, which screened four films across the week at the same time
each day to make it easier to catch a film at least once . FilmFour Weekly ceased broadcasting on 19
July 2006 when the subscription service ended.
Logo of timeshifted version; quot;Film4+1quot;
The subscription service ended on 19 July 2006 and the channel re-launched (under the slightly
modified name of Film4) as a free-to-air service a few days later on 23 July. When the channel
became free, it also returned to digital terrestrial as part of the Freeview brand, and became
completely free-to-air on satellite television. Due to the change, the channel's availability increased
from 300,000 (subscribers) to 18 million households. It also changed its broadcasting hours to 1.00pm-
8.45am, and commercial breaks were included during films for the first time. The first film broadcast
under the new format was the British non-subscription television premiere of Lost in Translation. It
remains the only free film channel available on digital terrestrial television.
Film Four, the film division of Channel Four Television and produces between 15 and 20 feature films
each years. Handling finance, production, distribution and broadcast - both free-to-air and pay-TV -
FilmFour is the UK's most significant vertically integrated film producer. Since established, it has been
involved in the production of 70 shorts and 300 features. FilmFour is committed to new and emerging
talent and has established a subsidiary production company, FilmFour Lab to 'support the newest and
most striking creative voices and visions of tomorrow's cinema in Britain'. In association with the UK's
Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) Channel Four has established four three month animator's
residencies at the museum for recent animation graduates. At the end of the residency, development
projects are considered by Channel Four for commissioning. Successful applicants are awarded a fee
of £2,910 and a budget of up to £1,612. Although the Museum has closed for much of 2000-2001, the
scheme has proved successful and is set to continue in the new British Film Institute centre when it
opens. Write: Film Four 76-78 Charlotte St., LONDON, W1P 1LX Tel: 0207 868 7700 Fax: 0207 868 7742
Head of Film: Paul Webster. Head of FilmFour Lab: Robin Gutch
The 1970s saw a series of crises in the British film industry caused largely by the withdrawal of support
from both Hollywood majors and their domestic equivalents.
Film four gains a lot of funds from taxes and advertising unlike BBC who give you a subscribed by a TV
Film council gives funding e.g. Lottery funding department.
How does promote
Film4 in odd ways. The slogan of the campaign was quot;FILMS FOR FREEquot;. Examples include:
• Judi Dench in a lobster costume, operatically singing the words quot;Film Four!quot;
• Lucy Liu in a banner plane, insulting Ray Winstone and Christian Slater who have
incorrectly erected a 'Film4 is free' sign, whilst her own banner is displayed upside-
• Ewan McGregor in a tomato costume, talking to Judi Dench about whether he is a fruit
or a vegetable.
1. They use role models / celebrities such as Ewan McGregor who star n controversial
2. Slogans and free offers as explained above to incise audiences.
3. Teasers such as adverts with eye catching images or ideas,
4. Posters with recognisable logo / billboards.
5. Use the links with channel for to link advertising,
6. Internet site
7. Links with Daniel Bolye award winning actor and with Ewan Mcgegor.
8. Movie geeks which threw television episodes and pod casts to get a wider audience.
Date produced :- 27 April 2007 th
Director:- Shane Medows
Setting:- Nottingham England
Principle Actors:-Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Joe Hartley.
Budget:- £1500000 (estimated)
Box Office Takers:-£207,676 (UK) (29 April 2007) (62 Screens)
Genre:-Drama, Indie, Skin heads ,
Date produced :- 5 November 1999 (UK) 18 May 2000 USA – BAFTA th
Director:- Damien O’Donnell
Setting:- It is set in a mixed-race household with a Pakistani father and a British mother in
Salford, Manchester, in 1971.
Principle Actors:-Om Puri - George Khan, Linda Bassett - Ella Khan , Ian Aspinall - Nazir Khan , Jimi
Mistry - Tariq Khan
Budget:- £1.9 million (estimated)
Box Office Takers:-£435,627 (UK) (7 November 1999) (79 Screens)
Date produced :-United States: 9 March 1994 , Australia: 5 May 1994 , United Kingdom:13 May 1994
New Zealand: 10 June 1994
Director:- Mike Newell (co-produced PolyGram) (Duncan Kenworthy, Working Title Films , Channel Four Films
Despite appearing to be set all over the UK, the film was entirely shot in London and the Home Counties. They include
Hampstead, Betchworth in Surrey, Amersham in Buckinghamshire, St Bartholomew-the-Great (wedding #4) and
West Thurrock in Essex. Even the scenes set in Scotland were filmed at stately homes in Bedfordshire (Luton Hoo)
Principle Actors:-Hugh Grant: Charles , Andie MacDowell: Carrie ,James Fleet: Tom , Simon Callow:
Gareth , John Hannah: Matthew ,Kristin Scott Thomas: Fiona
Budget:- $6,000,000 (estimated)
Box Office Takers:-$244,100,000 (Worldwide)
Genre:-Drama, Comedy , Romance
Date produced :-July 16 2004
Director:- Alex Proyas
Setting:- Chicago in the year 2035
Box Office Takers :-
US :- US$144,801,023
Genre:-Action , Mystery ,Sci – Fi ,Thriller