What is the BFI cultural test?
This is an assessment of your game to determine if it can be called a ‘British’ video game. An interesting concept that is the responsibility of the British Film Institute. You have to submit one online application per game and different levels of certification can be issued, depending on its stage of development. You do not have to wait until the game is finalised before you apply, but there will be another review done on its completion, before the BFI will sign off the final certificate.
There are four parts to the ‘Britishness’ test, all with a corresponding number of points available. You must achieve 16 out of 31 points to pass the test. Two elements consider where the game was made and who made it. How much of your game’s production is done in Britain and how many of your staff are from the EEA? The other two parts look at your game’s content; how much is set in the UK and how does it represent British culture. There are more specifics about the Cultural Test in our Video Games Tax Relief Guide.