BFI says it welcomes news that it will report direct to Government; says UKFC has done ‘really important work’ over past decade.

In response to yesterday’s news about the abolition of the UK Film Council, the British Film Institute issued the following statement today:

“We welcome the announcement that the BFI will report direct in to Government, alongside the other national cultural bodies.

“In these challenged economic times, we appreciate that Ministers have to make very difficult decisions, but we are glad to see absolute commitment from central Government that its support both for film culture and for lottery funding and tax incentives remains intact. We will work in collaboration to achieve this.

“We acknowledge and pay tribute to the really important work that has been carried out by the UK Film Council over the past ten years.”