What’s the deal with…David Cameron’s Film Policy Review

So David Cameron’s film policy review was released today and it’s better news than most expected

Films like Submarine meant British Cinema had a great year

Okay so a government commissioned report into the film industry was released today and it’s not all doom and gloom as some (including myself) predicted. The main point appears to be that the report calls for ITV and Sky to do more for British Film. The 56 point report put together by the Film Policy Review Panel also suggests an annual “British film week”, a new programme to bring film education to every school, screening equipment put into town halls of places without a cinema and a renewed commitment to combat piracy.

Last week David Cameron has proposed that public funding of film should focus on “helping UK producers to make commercially successful pictures that rival the quality and impact of the best international productions” and it was even suggested by some that the report would effectively end Mike Leigh’s career. But from what I’ve seen online today seems to show that that is not the case at all and the panel wants to advocate “as wide a range of films as possible, from the overtly commercial to the overtly arty and much in-between”.

So that sounds good to me. Will it be harder for filmmakers like myself to get funding from the government? Probably. Will it stop us from making films? Absolutely not. I think I’m in a fortunate position in that I wasn’t counting on government funds to make my first feature anyway and that I and the people I work with have enough contacts/resourcefulness to get the funds ourselves. We actually decided this weekend that we will commence production of our first feature around June 2013, which gives us a good 18 months to get everything ready and release all the short films we’ve made/are planning on making online over the next few months. So watch this space!

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