UK Film Council To Be Abolished

Posted Wednesday 28 Jul 2010

In the UK the Department For Culture, Media and Sport has announced plans to abolish the UK Film Council in order to establish 'a direct and less bureaucratic relationship with the British Film Institute and support front-line services while ensuring greater value for money.' In response to this Tim Bevin CBE, Chairman of the UK Film Council has said that "abolishing the most successful film support organisation the UK has ever had is a bad decision, imposed without any consultation or evaluation." Further the Council plans to press the Government to confirm that the funding levels and core functions that are needed to underpin British film are locked-in and they will work with the Department For Culture, Media, and Sport over the summer "to identify how they can guarantee both continuity and safe harbour for British film." More information and updates can be found on the WIFT UK website.