Funding Cuts for Film London

Posted on March 26, 2011

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By: Saravanan Sugumaran

Picture courtesy: filmlondon.co.uk

As part of the coalition’s reorganisation of state funding, Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced a 22% cut in Film London’s funding effective next financial year onwards. Film London will however continue to receive £1.3m in funding for 2011-2012, from the London Development Agency (LDA). This is a sharp decrease from the £1.66m provided in the previous funding round.

Film London is responsible for supporting and developing film-making in the United Kingdom. “I am delighted that we are able to continue to support this industry, which contributes almost £4bn to the London economy” said Boris Johnson in an interview with the Guardian. However despite his support for the film industry, there seems to be a further decline in funding.

The LDA funding only represents approximately 40% of Film London’s total budget. The Arts Council, which pays for the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (Flamin), has slashed its award prize from £343,770 in 2010 to £320,049 in 2011. The UK Film Council which provided some £710,000 from the lottery and direct grant-in-aid funding in 2010 is expected to reduce this figure when it announces its budget in 2011.

But Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London, released a comment saying “The agency is keen to build on our previous successes and will continue to deliver for the city, for our film-makers of tomorrow and for domestic and international producers”. Film London has also been assigned the functions of the now-abolished British Film Commission, which will be responsible for attracting non-British film-makers to London.

Actor Gary Oldman however issued a stern warning to the UK film industry when speaking at the Jameson Empire Film Awards. “The swingeing cuts and the demise of the UK Film Council is terrible for the British Film Industry” Oldman said even questioning what lies ahead for the future of the film industry.

Inspite of the funding cuts Film London is one of the only survivors among the vast network of regional film agencies that were set up by the UK Film Council after it took over in 2000.

– Post Updated: 30th March 2011-

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