We answer your frequently asked questions about Film4.com. For anything not covered here or on the main 4Viewers FAQs (This link opens in a new window) (which deal with viewer queries, transmission issues and complaints), feel free to get in touch on Twitter (This link opens in a new window)
Q. What is the different between Film4 productions and Film4 the TV channel?
Film4 productions is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, whether new or established.
Film4 the digital TV channel is the UK's most watched film channel with a diverse and innovative schedule of films. To find out more and to see what films are playing on the Film4 channel, click here.
Both the Film4 channel and Film4 productions are part of Channel 4 Television, one of the five main television broadcasters in the United Kingdom. We are a public service broadcaster, funded entirely from commercial revenue. For details of Channel 4’s remit, statement of promises and an on-line annual report and accounts click here.
Q. I have an idea for a film! And I have a script! Can I make my film with Film4?
Due to the sheer volume of material Film4 receives, we cannot, unfortunately, consider unsolicited material that does not come via an agent or production company. Please note that you will need to submit a proposal through either a registered production company (i.e. companies with a history of films that have been produced and officially distributed either theatrically or at a festival) or an agent.
If you are a writer and/or director, you will need to find a recognised agent to submit your script on your behalf. As a first time film maker, we understand that finding representation can be difficult so we do advise that before you approach an agent, it is best to create a selection of work that you can present them with. Even if they respond to a single piece of work that is sent to them, if they wish to arrange a meeting with you, they will ask for a further portfolio that they can look at before they invest in a relationship with someone.
If you are first starting out it is best to approach junior agents rather than senior agents, as they will be looking to expand their portfolios and therefore are more likely to pick up new talent.
Agents, similarly to production companies, will be looking for a new and distinctive voice to come through in someone's writing and the more material that you can support them with the more interest you will be able to generate.
While we cannot recommend a particular production company or agent or have a list to share, we can suggest checking out the Producers Alliance of Film and Television (PACT) for a directory of independent production companies or suggest picking up the Writers and Artists Yearbook, available at Amazon for the agents contacts.
It's also worth keeping an eye on Channel 4's 4Talent scheme for opportunities for new writers, and for which you don't need representation or a track record.
For more information on submitting to Film4 click here.
Q. Can I get a job at Film4 or Channel 4?
All job opportunities at Channel 4 are listed here 4JOBS.
Q. Can I do work experience at Film4?
For information on any trainee, apprentice or work experience schemes run by Channel 4, have a look at both the 4TALENT and 4JOBS sites for information.
Q. I am a film student and need help with some research - can you help me with my project?
We get a lot of requests from students for information on their chosen project/assignment. Unfortunately, we simply don’t have the time or resources to answer individual enquiries. The information we can share about our films will already be on this site, but please note you can also find lots of information about Channel 4 in our FAQs and in our Annual Report which you'll find on our corporate site.
You may also find the following links useful:
Each week Stephen looks at a different topic around the film industry, focusing on the data and statistics which reveal what's going on. Stephen’s blog also has a great list of Film Schools and film making resources.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check Channel 4’s FAQ’s here.