Film4 was started in 1982 as Film4 Productions, a film production company
owned by Channel Four Television Corporation and has been responsible for
backing a large number of films made in the United Kingdom, and around
They launched a new Digital TV channel of the same name. Film4 was
originally known as FilmFour and became Channel 4's second channel (after
Channel 4 itself). It was a subscription-only service available on satellite
television via the Sky platform, digital terrestrial via ITV Digital. It cost £5.99
a month, and as the production grew in size this increased to £7.
In 2004 a new boss introduced “Film4 Productions” to tie in with the relaunch of the FilmFour broadcast channel as Film4. The channel now
became a free site with commercial breaks during films.
• Channel 4 had to cut their budget from £30 to £10 million in 2002 – due to
mounting losses with an attempt to compete with Hollywood. They reintegrated the company as a division of its TV operation to ensure the
investments in films.
• Due to the site being free, the channel’s availability increased from 300,000
subscribers to 18 million households. This was a huge success for Film4 as
people who usually pay to watch films produced by Hollywood or
Bollywood could now watch free movies on a different Freeview channel.
• Nowadays, Film4 remains the only free film channel available on digital
television – giving them a huge advantage over other productions.
• They also have themed nights or seasons which a number of films centred
around one genre, director or actor shown. This drew people into they
channel as their audience would do anything to watch their favourite actor
or actress perform.
• In addition, they look for distinctive films which will make their mark in a
competitive cinema market.
• Film4 operated a one-hour time shift channel,
Film4+1, on satellite, cable and Freeview.
• Latter on additional channels were added, such
as FilmFour World but this was later replaced
by FimFour Weekly which screened four films
across the week at the same time to make it
easier to catch a film at least once.
• A HD channel was also launched in 2010, exclusively
on Virgin Media’s cable television platform on
Film4 have received 12 Bafta nominations this year .
Because Film4 has a wide range of movies available to watch, the
audience isn’t as restricted as other production companies, but it is
mainly aimed at worldwide audiences.
• When they announced the site was free, they used
celebrities to advertise Film4 in odd ways, like Judi Dench in
a lobster costume, singing the words “Film4”.The slogan for
the campaign was “FILMS FOR FREE” which was simple but
• Because it is free, it is funded with advertising, programme
sponsorship and merchandising.
• They appeal to an American audience, which helps to
• Teasers such as adverts are used with eye catching images
• In 2002, they no longer distributed their own films, due to financial
• They use film festivals as an opportunity to get the attention of
Nowadays they produce around 20 films a year.
•12 Years A Slave
•Under the Skin
•This is England
•Four Weddings And A Funeral
•Last King Of Scotland
•East to East
•Never Let me Go
• Produced in 2008
• Funded by Film4
• Budget $15,000,000