UK film council- (Low budget film industry)
- Set up by the Labour government as a non-departmental public body in 2000
- The purpose was to develop and promote the British film industry, along with BBC films and Film4 the film council was the main port of call for film makers trying to get feature films off the ground, especially if those films are outside the mainstream or ‘specialised’
- The council recieved around £15 million funding per year
- Through its National Lottery it channelled about £160 million inot more than 900 films over the last 10 years, this includes films such as Bend It Like Beckham and This is England
- The UK Film Council closed in April 2011
- The BFI (British Film Institute) has taken over key roles such as distribution of Lottery funding, exhibition through prints and Advertising fund; certification of UK films, research and statistics.
- The BFI increased the Lottery fund by 20% from £15 million to £18 million in 2011/2012
Screening British films Nationwide – Studios are selective about where and when they release their films.
- Looking for Eric is a good example of different wats of marketing in different localities and for audiences.
Digital is the Future
- The digitalisation of film makes it cheaper to produce, distribute and exhibt
- Independent film makers can produce larger numbers of prints at smaller cost, thereforre they will not lose as much money if the film does not attract such a large audience in the cinemas