The CEA has welcomed the clarity provided by today’s Government announcement setting out plans for film policy in light of the abolition of the UK Film Council.

As part of today’s statement, Films Minister Ed Vaizey confirmed that a strengthened British Film Institute (BFI) would become the lead strategic body for film. Recognising the challenge that would present to the organisation, he invited the exhibition, distribution and production sectors to ‘step up’ in support of the new arrangements.

Responding to today’s announcement, CEA Chief Executive Phil Clapp said:

‘We welcome the clarity provided by the Government statement. Whatever the reasons behind the decision to abolish the UK Film Council, the uncertainty engendered by the announcement has undoubtedly been unsettling for the sector.

So to have a clear picture – and timetable – for the new arrangements can only be a good thing. We look forward to working closely with the BFI as it takes on its new and challenging role.’

During the course of his speech, Ed Vaizey also made gave a clear indication of Government support for the work of the Digital Funding Partnership (DFP) as it seeks to secure a deal to allow the UK independent cinema sector to convert to digital cinema technology.