Independent British Film – Perhaps the most shocking statistic of all.

These are not glorious times for the British Film Industry. That was the narrowly reached verdict of a debate chaired by Stewart Till at London’s Goldsmith College on 3 February.
During the debate Screen International reported that Paul Trijbits, who for several years was Head of the UKFC’s New Cinema Fund, cited a recent study by Oxford Economics which found that the total value of film to the UK economy was £4.5bn, but of that, independent British films only represent 1.3%.
There you have it. That’s just how bad things are for UK independent film-makers: 1.3%. That’s just how much of an American cultural colony we are. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if even French films have a bigger share than we do.
Oh yes – in France 10% of the turnover of every single broadcaster has to be spent on French film production and film acquisition.


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    Its a bit like Margaret Thatcher heading a discusion on the State of the Coal Mining industry.

    Must check out Paul Trijbits blog. Theres no ‘New Cinema Fund’ in my neck of the woods – and the Regional Screen Agency are a total waste of time – more salaried bureacrats who dont even bother to reply to our emails – yet who claim to represent and promote film-making in our area !

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