30 Mar 2010

On February 2010, Directors UK announced its response to the UK Film Council’s consultation document “Digital Innovation and Creative Excellence” on policy and funding priorities for the years 2010- 2013.

Among its 10 key points, Directors UK lamented the marginalised position of directors (and writers) in their access to UKFC funds and strongly disapproved of “the assumption that projects, especially in the development stages, must be attached to a producer before they can be financially supported by the Film Council”. The organisation also expressed disappointment at the new structure of the Production Fund, which will henceforth be under the editorial control of a single individual.

Though welcoming support for first and second time directors, Directors UK emphasised that the primary criterion for funding must be “the excellence of national cinema” and feared that the current economic climate would “induce an added emphasis on commercial success” in the selection of projects.

The contribution concluded with the hope of close dialogue between Directors UK and senior UKFC representatives on all future UKFC initiatives.

Directors UK contribution to the UKFC consultation: