Film 4 Productions – An Outline of
a Film Production Company
Film4 Productions - Ownership
●Film4 Productions are, and have always been, owned by
Channel 4 television in the UK
●They were formed with C4 in 1982 as 'Channel 4 Films'
●First production 'Walter' was screened on C4s opening night
●Rebranded as Film4 Productions in 1998 to tie in with the
launch of the Film4 digital channel.
●Integrated with Channel 4 TV Drama department in 2002
Film 4 Productions – Operating Model
Film 4 Productions use a range of different funding
●They are part of Channel 4 and some of their funding
comes as a subsidiary from their parent company
●Their films are specifically funded projects with their
own budgets – they hire creative and technical production
staff on a project-by-project basis, only 'employing'
●Often their films are co-productions with other small
companies (The Eagle with Focus Features)
●Often their films are financed by deals with bigger
distributors (Never Let Me Go with Fox Searchlight)
●Often their films receive funding from official bodies
(Attack the Block and the UK Film Council)
● They will also reinvest profits where they can
Film 4 Productions - Products
Film 4 Productions have been making films since 1982, and
have produced 79 films since 2002 under their current name.
Highlights since then include:-
●This Is England (Shane Meadows, 2006)
●In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)
●Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008)
●Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010
●The Inbetweeners Movie (Ben Palmer, 2011)
Film 4 Productions – Market Position and
Film4 Productions cinema releases are in competition for
ticket sales and video purchases with everything else released
in the cinema and later on DVD.
●Although they have grown smaller since 2002 they are still a
leading player in the UK film production market, involved in
the production of up to 12 films a year
●They have the benefit of their own television channel – Film 4
– as a guaranteed distribution outlet.
●Their UK Competitors – like Warp Films or Celador Films –
are also sometimes their partners in production