“The UK has always been a hotbed of cinematic talent, which is why it’s crucial to constantly remind legislators of the importance of protecting and supporting this rich cultural economy. Film the House is an imaginative Parliamentary competition which manages to be fun whilst giving young creatives an opportunity to engage with their MPs, win fantastic prizes and all the while promote the importance of intellectual property rights. Those rights are the seed corn of your future, that being the case I can only urge every would-be film-maker to give it a go!”

Lord Puttnam, Patron

Nigel-Adams-MP“Our creative industries absolutely cannot flourish if intellectual property rights aren’t protected.  Innovative film and television programming won’t exist if screenwriters, filmmakers, and other behind-the-camera members of the creative team cannot rely on receiving the fruits of their labour – and it’s often these people who lose out most when work is pirated.  I commend Film the House both for encouraging aspiring filmmakers to showcase their work, and for the strong anti-piracy message they promote.”

Nigel Adams MP

“As the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Film Group I recognise the importance of Intellectual Property, it enables filmmakers and scriptwriters to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they create. It is hard to think of a service, product or activity which in some way does not depend on IP. I believe that the IP system must aim to create an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish. I would urge you all to enter the Film the House short film competition as it is a great way of getting wider exposure for your films”

Sir Kevin Barron MP

“Intellectual property is a vital way of making sure that creators are properly rewarded for the artistic works they produce. This is as true for film and other visual media as it is for books, fashion or music. Film the House is designed to highlight the importance we place in Parliament on IP and on good IP protection and enforcement. We hope that for their part creators will respond by taking part in Film the House and demonstrate the huge audiovisual and writing talent that we have in this country.”

Lord Tim Clement-Jones

“For me, as a writer of original Television and film screenplays the value of an IP is impossible to over-estimate. A hit show might be worth many thousands of pounds in future income but if I don’t own or retain a share of the IP all that revenue goes to people who didn’t, at the end of the day, create the show. Losing an IP in perpetuity is like losing a pension and potentially just as disastrous for writers.”

Adrian Hodges, Scriptwriter

“With uploading and file-sharing become increasingly prevalent, screenwriters are suffering a corresponding drop in both income and opportunity. With the UK’s creative industries contributing almost £90bn to UK GDP, defending Intellectual Property has never been so fundamental.”

Paul Powell, Scriptwriter

“After twenty years of working as a TV scriptwriter I know for sure that Intellectual Property MUST be protected. Scripts written for a children’s television series (this I know from bitter experience) might resurface as a series of attractive picture books, which might not bear the name of the writer. When a writer’s name doesn’t appear on book the writer cannot claim for various streams of income such as PLR (Public Lending Rights) or ALCS monies, both vital sources of regular income which are often the bedrock of a writers’ income. MPs better understanding copyright laws as a result of an initiative like Film the House is very good news to me.”

Diane Redmond, Scriptwriter