Industry welcomes film policy review
by Naman Ramachandran
17/01/2012 - The British film industry has responded warmly to the recommendations in the ‘A Future for British Film – it begins with the audience’ report.
Lord David Puttnam (pictured), President of the Film Distributors’ Association said, “We welcome the review’s acknowledgement of the fundamental issues for film distributors that arise, in particular, on break-out or limited releases, where the costs of keeping films on digital screens can be higher. “
Iain Smith, Chair of the British Film Commission, said, “The recommendations in the Film Policy Review show an understanding that ambitious, big budget, international movies choosing to shoot in the UK play a significant role in supporting our domestic industry as well as helping to build a world-class skilled workforce, while also generating vital income for the economy. I believe that if the UK successfully services the international industry, it plays an important role in helping to develop our home grown talent and supporting a healthy and growing domestic industry.”
Creative England Chairman John Newbigin said, “These are solid and practical recommendations to Government that will be good for creative talent and good for audiences in every part of the country, not just London.”
Stephen Kelliher, the Chair of Film Export UK said, “Film Export UK is glad that the review acknowledges the vital role that sales companies perform in relation to the international success of British films.It is unfortunate that export is not the subject of any specific conclusions but we do welcome the recommendation that the BFI ‘produces and implements a robust, cohesive international strategy’ and we look forward to fully engaging with it.”