Save the UK Film Council

For those that may not have heard, the UK Film council is under threat of closure after having its funding cut. The UK Film Council has done many great things for the industry since its inception in 2000. We now have the highest cinema attendance in 7 years, UK film exports are also the highest in 7 years, and inward investment in the industry has doubled from 2008 to now.

It’s likely the closure will have an impact on jobs and funding for film production in the UK, so if you are concerned about the effects this will have on you and your industry, you can voice it online. There are two independent petitions that have been set-up, one on Facebook and one on the Go Petition site, so you can have your say and lend support to the British film industry.

1 Comments Isabelle Duarte

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Isabelle Duarte
Thu 5 Aug 2010: 9:36am

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  • Churm Rincewind:

    The question, surely, is not whether the UK Film Council has made an impact on the British film industry - given the hundreds of millions of pounds at its disposal, of course it did - but rather whether this money could have been better spent. By way of example, Jeremy Hunt has pointed to the three million pounds a year he says it costs to run the Film Council, most of which (he says) would have been better spent on British films. So the point is not whether public support for the film industry is desirable (and Jeremy Hunt has gone on record to guarantee the continuation of current levels lottery funding for film - no cutbacks there) but whether the UKFC is fit for the purpose.

    Unfortunately no-one seems to be discussing what the Government has done, but only what they think (usually mistakenly) the Government has done or (hypothetically) may do. So, putting aside the public money the UKFC spends on the British Film Industry, and which will continue to be spent in future by some other mechanism (the BFI seems the most likely candidate), I think the onus is on you to explain why you think overhead costs of £3 million a year are justifiable, and why this money is better spent on Film Council overheads than on the British film industry.

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