Jeremy Hunt, UK shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport, will outline the Conservatives alternative film policies in a keynote speech at Screen International's annual UK Film Finance Summit.

Hunt's speech at London's Waldorf Hotel on Thursday will focus on an 'alternative blueprint for a sustainable UK film industry.'

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'The UK film industry is an incredibly vibrant and successful part of both our cultural life and our economy' said Hunt. 'There is much to be proud of but I want to outline how I think we could do even better.'

Hunt says the industry needs to re-evaluate its approach to getting films made.

'We won't tear up what is good about the Government's role in the industry but we will look at how we can help improve the business acumen of those who work within it, how the National Lottery can be reformed to provide more funding to the sector, and what government can do to help prepare the industry for the digital future' he said.

More than 150 film professionals have registered for the event, which comes at a crucial time for those trying to get films made against the backdrop of an economic downturn, changing consumer behaviour and the erosion of traditional routes to market.

Jonathon Olsberg of Olsberg SPI will chair the conference. He sees the summit as an opportunity to take 'a realistic and innovative look at what is going on in the UK and internationally'.

The event will offer the chance 'to look at new models, at different ways of doing things and to focus on the realities we are facing right now in terms of the world of finance.'

The conference will bring together a broad range of industry experts to offer practical advice on how to maximise funding and commercial opportunities and how to showcase innovation.

Guest speakers include Tim Johnson of SJ Berwin, Paul Brett of Prescience Fund, Ian Hutchinson of Bank of Ireland, James Kay of Olswang, John Graydon of Tenon Media, Ivan MacTaggart of Limelight Film Finance, Sam Horley of Salt, Andrew Orr of Independent Film Company, Debbie Williams of EM Media, Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures, filmmaker Richard Jobson, Jane Wright of BBC Films, John Woodward of the UK Film Council, Mark Herbert of Warp Films, Tessa Ross of Channel 4 and Jamie Kantrowitz of MySpace.