Is this the end of U.K. Film Council?
The government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport, labelled by its right-wing critics as the Ministry of Fun, told staff at the UKFC Monday morning that the org will be abolished and it will inform Parliament of the decision at 2.30 p.m. local time.
The move follows news last week that the Treasury had told the DCMS to cut budgets by up to 40%.
Tim Bevan, chairman of the UKFC and joint head of Working Title, said: “Abolishing the most successful film support organization the U.K. has ever had is a bad decision, imposed without any consultation or evaluation. People will rightly look back on today’s announcement and say it was a big mistake, driven by short-term thinking and political expediency. British film, which is one of the U.K.’s more successful growth industries, deserves better.
“Our immediate priority now is to press the government to confirm that the funding levels and core functions that are needed to underpin British film are locked-in, especially at a time when filmmakers and film companies need more support than ever as they make the challenging transition into the digital age. To that end, we will work with the DCMS over the summer to identify how they can guarantee both continuity and safe harbor for British film.”
The UKFC, which was set up in 2000, has 75 staff.