Bristol City Council
The Bottle Yard Studios is a Bristol City Council initiative.
Bristol Film Office
We work closely with our long-standing partners Bristol Film Office, a division of Bristol City Council offering a free service to all productions planning to film in the city. Dedicated to making film, television or commercial photography shoots run as smoothly as possible when on location in Bristol, it is the one-stop-shop for all filming enquirers. It can assist at all stages of production, from initial location and crewing advice to recces and logistical support. In 2016-17, Bristol Film Office recorded a strong total of £18.3 million inward investment from productions working in Bristol and registered more than 1,000 location filming days in the city.
Bristol, UNESCO City of Film
In 2017 Bristol was proud to be named a City of Film by UNESCO, a permanent status awarded in recognition of the city’s reputation as a world-leading centre for film and filming. It is now one of 13 cities of film worldwide and an official member of the international UNESCO Creative Cities Network. We are a member of the Bristol UNESCO City of Film Steering Group, led by Bristol Film Office which is coordinating a programme of activity in celebration of this internationally respected status.
British Film Commission
We’re proud to be an official partner of the British Film Commission (BFC), the UK Government’s lead agency responsible for maximising and supporting the production of international film and television in the UK. With experienced teams in the UK and the US, the BFC provides free, tailored support for international film and television productions at the very highest level, from earliest stages of development through to post-production. The BFC leads on attracting and supporting productions, offering guidance on UK tax reliefs, assisting with sourcing UK crew, talent and facilities and troubleshooting. The BFC is responsible for international promotion of the UK industry and liaison with Government to secure and maintain film-friendly policies.
The Production Guild of Great Britain
We’re proud to be an affiliate member of The Production Guild of Great Britain, the UK’s leading membership organisation for those working in film and TV drama production. They represent experienced production professionals across accounts, production, location management, assistant directing, VFX and post production. With over 950 members and more than 100 company affiliates, they provide members with industry advice, employment opportunities, networking and seminars. Delivering expert knowledge on key production issues to members, government and as part of industry consultations, The Production Guild is the leading voice of the UK production industry.
We’re working with innovative post-16 education providers boomsatsuma to deliver a Media Production Diploma for 16-19 year olds right here at The Bottle Yard. Taught in a classroom on site, the course gives 20 students the unique opportunity to learn about filmmaking, TV production, photography, animation graphic design, production design, sound design and much more. whilst getting hands on experience at a working studio. The OCR Cambridge Technicals Extended Diploma in Media is a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels and worth up to 168 UCAS tariff points. Read more here.