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Become a Film Investor to Claim Tax Relief & Walk the Red Carpet

If you’ve ever wanted to become involved in the glamour and glitz of the UK’s celebrated film industry, here’s your chance. Becoming a film investor with executive producers Red Rock Entertainment offers many opportunities including tax relief and the chance to walk the red carpet…  

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Independent Film in the UK 

The UK film industry is one of the biggest film industries in the world and continues to see growth year-on-year.

In 2018, the UK film market was worth US$4.7billion, only behind the US (US$32.3b) China (US$15.8b) and Japan (US$7.9). In 2023, the UK market is projected to be worth US$5.2billion.

Ninety-four per cent of British adults watch a film at least once every six months, either at the cinema or on a device, and British films screened at the cinema attract an older and affluent audience.

The rise of on-demand platforms such as Disney+ and Apple TV+ have created more distribution opportunities and the sector continues to grow.

Red Rock Entertainment 

Based in the famous Elstree Studios, Red Rock Entertainment is a team of award-winning executive producers working with some of Britain’s top production companies to raise the funds for films and TV programmes that are at an advanced stage, and for film distribution too.

As a film finance company, Red Rock Entertainment seek out investors and act as a project’s financial backer and ensure films and television projects keep to the schedule and budget.

The team work alongside directors and producers to bring their important commercial acumen to the creative process.

With such a hefty responsibility, Red Rock Entertainment only works on projects that have commercial appeal, manageable costs and a solid financial structure.

Projects also must have a clear and well-defined audience for Red Rock Entertainment to come on board, as the audience is the heart and centre of the UK’s film and television industry.

Red Rock Entertainment also partners with Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity to organise set visits for children living with life-limiting conditions, and with Jobcentre Plus and The Princes Trust to provide training and work opportunities to young unemployed people.

Red Rock Entertainment Productions 

Red Rock Entertainment work on a diverse slate of projects, from documentaries to horror films, starring celebrated faces such as John Hurt, Timothy Small, Dianna Argon and Laura Haddock.

Projects include comedies Stanley, A Man of Variety and Dusty and Me, as well as supernatural romance, Between the Lights.

Currently in production is apocalyptic horror film set six months after the world experienced a biblical plague, Walking Against the Rain, and Never Forget Tibet, a feature length documentary narrating the Dalai Lama’s escape into exile in 1959.

The Benefits of Investing 

Investing in an independent film company allows them to remain free from big studios and in total control of the stories they tell and the content they make.

Independent films with a small production budget are also less of an investment risk than a big budget film, where overheads must be recouped before investors see a return.

In fact, an independent film doesn’t need to be a huge box-office hit in order for an investor to gain a return on the money they put in.

Other benefits include gaining a credit on the film so you can see your name on the big screen and being an extra in the project.

Set visits can be arranged for investors for a behind-the-scenes look and to meet the cast and crew and a look around the legendary Elstree Studios. Once known as the ‘British Hollywood’ the studios have seen the likes of Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Stanley Kubrick come through its doors and has made iconic blockbusters such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Paddington Bear. You could even be an extra in the project.

Investors receive invitations to glamourous VIP red carpet events including the film’s premier and The Cannes International Film Festival, as well as to private screenings alongside actors, media personalities and show biz people.

There are a range of tax relief benefits investors can take advantage of as well, through the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme.

Relief can be claimed up to a maximum of £1,000,000. More details can be found on the HM Revenue & Customs website.

Red Rock Entertainment frequently hold seminars at Elstree where potential investors can learn more about the tax advantages of investing in the UK film industry from top financial speakers. 

To find out when the next seminar is, and for more information on Red Rock Entertainment visit redrockentertainment.com