UK Screen Alliance sets out manifesto to grow VFX and post

UK Screen Alliance sets out manifesto to grow VFX and post

UK Screen Alliance has set out a plan for growth in visual effects (VFX) and post-production, in an election manifesto that it is urging the next government to pursue.

The combined UK turnover from VFX and post is more than £1.3bn, with over 12,000 people working in the sectors.

Within the £4.2bn of spending supported by the UK’s four film and TV tax incentives, VFX accounts for £363.5m (8.5%). In addition, there is £346.5m of spending on VFX for non-tax relief supported genres such as advertising. In total, VFX contributes £1.6bn in GVA to the UK economy each year.

The manifesto urges the following key proposals be adopted:

  • Enact the VFX tax credit uplift proposed in the Spring Budget 2024
  • Remove the Generative AI exclusion from the VFX tax credit proposal which will cost jobs rather than create them
  • Bring forward the implementation date for the VFX tax credit to 1 Jan 2025
  • Introduce an exclusion for VFX costs from the 80% cap on eligible expenditure in the new Independent Film Tax Credit
  • Secure the future of the NextGen/AIM level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and Visual Effects Skills
  • Further increase the flexibility of T Levels placements to allow more employers to offer them
  • Reform the Apprenticeship Levy to cover employers’ running costs for providing placements and to fund other forms of training
  • Fund further waves of skills bootcamps in the creative sector and reduce bureaucracy and delay in the bidding process
  • Introduce workplace exchange programmes to increase the quality of teaching at all levels of education by providing tutors with real experience of current working practices and incentivise industry professional to become part-time tutors.
  • Remove the Immigration Skills Charge from Skilled Worker Visas in priority sectors
  • Retain the Graduate Visa route and continue access to the Creative Visa for workers employed by VFX companies
  • Refrain from capping cap overall visa levels
  • Prevent Channel 4 from operating their own in-house post production services
  • Review the contractual terms offered to post production and VFX suppliers by independent producers, who have been commissioned by the regulated broadcasters, to foster a more stable investment environment for supply chain employers with fairer commercial practices

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