Today's announcement by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell that the 2012 London Olympics budget has risen to $18.11bn (£9.35bn) will not impact the next round of UK Film Council funding, a spokesperson has assured ScreenDaily.

While a further $1,307m (£675m) is expected to be taken from lottery funds, the Film Council spokesperson said: 'Today's announcement by the Secretary of State did not come as a big surprise to us and indeed all Lottery distributors have been expecting to contribute towards the costs of the Olympics.

'We are confident that all UK Film Council Lottery funded activity from April 2007 to March 2010, which will be announced next month in our three-year plan, will remain unaffected by today's announcement.'