Government ot axe UK Film Council

July 27th, 2010 - 2:08 am ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, July 27 (IANS) The UK Film Council (UKFC),
which has been nurturing British film culture and talent since 2000, will be closed down, a media report said Monday.

The government’s treasury department had reportedly told the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which funds the council, to cut its budget by up to 40 percent.

“Abolishing the most successful film support organisation that Britain has ever had, is a bad decision, imposed without any consultation or evaluation. People will rightly look back on today’s announcement and say it was a big mistake, driven by short-term thinking and political expediency.

“British film, which is one of the Britain’s more successful growth industries, deserves better,” the reported quoting Tim Bevan, chairman of the UKFC.

“Our immediate priority now is to press the government to confirm that the funding levels and core functions that are needed to underpin British film are locked-in, especially at a time when filmmakers and film companies need more support than ever as they make the challenging transition into the digital age.

“To that end, we will work with the DCMS over the summer to identify how they can guarantee both continuity and safe harbor for British film,” added Bevan.

The UKFC employs 75 people.

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