Boris Confirms Funding for Film London
Date posted: 24.03.2011
Film London today announced that Mayor of London Boris Johnson will continue to invest in the agency. This funding ensures the UK capital has a dedicated film and media agency supporting and driving growth in London's production sector.
Film London's core activities will continue, generating inward investment, discovering new film-making talent, enriching the capital's film culture and best exploiting the opportunities provided by the 2012 Olympics.
Johnson said about his decision, "London is one of the most cinematic cities in the world...featuring in movies as diverse as the Oscar-winning independent The King's Speech to the blockbusting Harry Potter franchise." He explained "Since Film London was established, filming across the city has increased by around 30 percent and this is in no small part to the success of Film London. I am delighted that we are able to continue to support this industry which contributes almost £4bn to the London economy."
With the Mayor's funding secured, Film London will continue to promote London as a production capital of the world. This work generates vital inward investment by attracting productions to the city and offering on the ground support to feature films, TV, commercials, online, and games content.
Film London will also continue to deliver important and successful initiatives. These include Film London Microwave, the award-winning training through production scheme which support the capital's emerging film-making talent; the London UK Film Focus (LUFF), a vital avenue encouraging the export of UK films; and the annual Production Finance Market (PFM) connecting financiers and producers.
The funding will also allow Film London to ensure that film culture and film business can take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London commented that the capital's production industries "sustain and create in the region of 70,000 jobs in London." He said he was "keen to build on our previous successes and continue to deliver for the city, for our film-makers of tomorrow and for domestic and international producers."
As of 1 April, 2011, Film London will also manage the national responsibility for inward investment through film. This will be done through a public/private partnership with key film industry bodies. The unit will be nationally branded with a new Advisory Board and retain the core functions of the existing Office of the British Film Commission. Full details will be announced later this month.View the full press release here.