Capturing the Flag: British Film Institute Certification
If you’re hoping to qualify for Video Games Tax Relief you’re going to need a certificate from the British Film Institute. That means passing their cultural test to prove your game’s “British” enough. Here’s what you need to know about the test.
Getting On the Scoreboard
Passing the test means scoring at least 16 points out of a possible 31 on offer.
The points are grouped as follows:
Early Access: The Interim Certificate
If your game’s still in development, you’ll need an interim certificate to claim tax relief. The basic rules are the same, but your certificate will only be valid for three years. Once the game’s complete, you can upgrade to a full certificate. You can apply for that as soon as the game’s ready for public release.
Setting a High Score
Boosting your rankings in the cultural test can make all the difference to your VGTR claim. Here’s a brief walkthrough of what it takes to max out your scores:
Save Files: Backing Up your BFI Certification Application
The BFI will ask you for paperwork to back up the claims you’re making in the cultural test. Depending on your game, you might need:
The BFI cultural test can be a complicated boss fight to deal with, and with so much tax relief at stake you have to be sure you’re hitting all the checkpoints. There’s intense competition in the video game business. Call or email RIFT R&D to see how we can boost your place on the leaderboards.