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Call for evidence published by Film Policy Review

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The Film Policy Review panel today began seeking industry views on how to better support the UK film sector.

Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey has appointed former Culture Secretary Lord Chris Smith to chair an eight-member panel to conduct an independent review of Government film policy.

The panel today published a detailed survey to collect views on where film policy needs to be changed.

Lord Smith said:

“The UK has produced incredible films and incredibly talented people who have gone on to work at the very top of the industry.

“We must ensure the British film industry is able to reap the full benefits of its considerable successes.

“We want to hear from everyone involved in UK films.  Film-makers, distributors, audiences and experts can all offer a useful perspective on how Government policy can help our film industry grow.”

Each panel member is leading on a specific aspect of film policy and will meet with industry figures and groups.

The principal objectives of the Review are:

  • Identify obstacles to the British film industry being more successful

  • Determine how best to set policy directions for the increased Lottery funding

  • Identify ways to develop and retain UK talent

  • Increasing audience demand for film, including independent British film.

The survey closes on 9 September 2011.  The Review is expected to report to Mr Vaizey by the end of the year.