The British Film Commission (BFC), the national body responsible for attracting, encouraging and supporting the production of international feature films in the UK, today welcomed the publication of the Lord Chris Smith’s Film Policy Review.
Commenting on the report, Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission and Film London, said: “I am delighted to see the report recognises the important work of the British Film Commission in attracting inward investment films to the UK and firmly recommends that this should be sustained and developed. And with regards to international strategy, I believe this is an area with much scope for growth and I relish the opportunity to work with our partners the BFI and the industry to drive it forward.”
Iain Smith, Chair of the British Film Commission, added: “The recommendations in the Film Policy Review show an understanding that ambitious, big budget, international movies choosing to shoot in the UK play a significant role in supporting our domestic industry as well as helping to build a world-class skilled workforce, while also generating vital income for the economy. I believe that if the UK successfully services the international industry, it plays an important role in helping to develop our home grown talent and supporting a healthy and growing domestic industry. Quite simply the UK’s highly skilled film-making talent represent some of the best in the business; they are one of the UK’s greatest assets and something we must value and ensure we support and maintain.”
The BFC’s work in successfully attracting international, big budget films to shoot in the UK – such as recent releases War Horse and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the upcoming releases The Dark Knight Rises and World War Z – has seen production spend from inward investment films in the UK deliver almost £1bn per annum for the economy in recent years.