06/12/2011

King's Speech producer praises UK-Israeli film treaty

Speaking at a meeting of over 100 high profile delegates from the British and Israeli film industries in central London, Unwin said the treaty would be beneficial to both sides: “Multi-party co-productions are notoriously difficult to structure, with this new treaty we have a great template for how we might all collaborate."

UK culture minister Ed Vaizey and Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, joined delegates – who also included acclaimed Israeli director Eran Riklis (The Lemon Tree) – at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for the event. The treaty was signed during a visit to the Middle East by Foreign Secretary William Hague last month. It provides the legal framework for joint British-Israeli film productions, helping British and Israeli film-makers share talent and resources, whilst also paving the way for co-produced films to qualify for tax incentives in both countries.