Lord Smith publishes his review of British film policy

Posted on 17 January 2012

The Future of British Film

A revolutionary new approach to film education in schools, financial incentives to encourage collaborations between producers and distributors at the initial stages of financing a project, and moves to encourage all major broadcasters to increase current levels of support for British film are some of the recommendations made by leading industry experts in a report published today.

Commissioned last year by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, A Future for British Film – it begins with the audience published by an independent review panel, chaired by Lord Chris Smith. The review has been undertaken in the context of an extremely challenging economic climate and the recommendations made are designed to help ensure that film is one of the sectors which plays a full role in driving growth, creating jobs and stimulating inward investment and exports.

The series of recommendations in the review are intended to increase audience choice and grow the demand for British films in the UK and overseas. These recommendations complement policy measures to support the production of British films, helping ensure that those films reach appreciative audiences, stimulating cultural awareness and creativity.

Lord Smith said:

“British film is going through a golden period. A run of British-made and British-based movies has been taking audiences around the world by storm. But we cannot be complacent – this review highlights the things that the BFI, Government and industry can do to ensure that we continue to build on recent successes. British film is in prime position to make a major contribution to the growth of the UK’s economy, to the development of attractive and fulfilling careers for young people and to the creation of job opportunities across the country.”

The report contains a total of 56 recommendations to Government, industry and the British Film Institute (BFI).

Film: 21st Century Literacy, the group of organisations which lead on film education activity in the UK and which encompasses the British Film Institute (BFI), Film Club, Film Education, First Light and Skillset, has welcomed today’s publication of the Film Policy Review led by Lord Smith of Finsbury.

Kate O’Connor, Chair of Film: 21st Century Literacy says:

“The importance of supporting and developing film education is central to many of the report’s recommendations for developing and sustaining a successful UK industry and film culture.

“Film is already playing a crucial role in education within and outside of the curriculum in helping young people to learn about film, as well as from film, and to develop a range of skills which will help them gain employment in many different industries as well as film and the creative sector.

“We welcome the review’s proposal that the work of Film: 21 Century Literacy should be developed further to deliver a 10-year vision for film education linked into audience development, and to coordinate the work of the film education organisations into a single offer which brings together making, watching and learning about film. We look forward to working closely with the BFI to realise these recommendations.”

Lord Smith publishes his review of British film policy