The National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts (NESTA) and the UK Film Council have selected the 12 UK businesses to participate in the new Digital Innovation in Film initiative.

The $1m programme, announced in March, is jointly run by NESTA and the UKFC and will help small film companies (production, distribution and sales) embrace growth via digital distribution opportunities.

The companies selected are:

  • B3 Media (Marc Boothe's digital culture company with a track record of working with multicultural communities)
  • BreakThru Films (UK production company that won an Oscar for animated Peter And The Wolf)
  • Film Export UK (UK sales company umbrella group)
  • Hollywood Classics (sales company for theatrical rights to classic films)
  • Lux (website devoted to UK film and video artists)
  • Metrodome Distribution (independent distributor)
  • Mosaic Films (groundbreaking documentary production outfit)
  • onedotzero (cross-platform production and events company)
  • Revolver Entertainment (independent distributor)
  • Vod Almighty (streaming platform)
  • Warp Films (Sheffield-based production company)
  • Zini Limited (start-up working to supply third-party licensees with independent films)

John Woodward, CEO of the UK Film Council, said: ' The digital world is already having a huge impact on the film industry and we will either adapt or fall by the wayside. This initiative is important because it helps to equip a diverse range of different film businesses to succeed on the new frontier.'