Magazine article Screen International

BFI: Post-Election Budget Cuts “Inevitable”

Magazine article Screen International

BFI: Post-Election Budget Cuts “Inevitable”

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"We are spending a lot of time preparing for what I would say are an inevitable series of cuts so that nothing has to be done away with," BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts told industry yesterday during the annual BSAC conference in London.

However, Roberts warned that additional cuts could result in some functions having to be scrapped: "I think we've been sliced just about as much as we can to keep everything we do active. There's nothing leftto cut from my perspective."

With the Conservatives and Labour both likely to continue with public spending cuts, but also reluctant to cut too deeply into health or education, the arts could be among sectors to face reductions.

Cuts to the BFI's budget would likely come in grant-in-aid spending, which is designed to pay for non-film production activities, including the National Film Archive, education and the BFI Southbank, rather than Lottery funding which is channeled into areas including production and distribution. …

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