And a lot of the credit for such optimism should go to the "ancien regime" in the film dept at Creative England who not only produced Apostasy, Lady Macbeth and Levelling through iFeatures but also developed Gods Own Country and Pin Cushion through the scheme as well as investing in Possum, Oldboys and many others. Obviously they were too good at their jobs so BFI shut 'em down!
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Because of course only one institution could conceivably be any good at independent film in the UK !
Also every single one of these is BFI funded - hmm it's *almost* as if Screen only asked BFI about what is upcoming and didn't think to bother to ask anyone else? i think the definition of a 'buzz' is when more than just the one person of place is excited about things.
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these filmmakers might beg to differ
Well we will be struggling to make any more great features by truly regional producers like Adult Life Skills, & Burn Burn Burn, both of which were't given money by the BFI - no surprise there. With the BFI stranglehold of only £50K for a regional production for a feature how are Producers outside of the sacred M25 going to make this work? Guess we are the victims of our own success and just don't do to the right parties! Whatever happened to diversity?
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Last time I checked you don't need a passport to come inside the M25 or London. Nobody banters their way to a deal by the way. Also Creative England is there for regional producers. If you want to put anyone under pressure then chase UK cinema owners and nag distributors. I can think of 3 pictures shot in this last year in Bradford, Leeds, Blackpool with £1mill-ish budgets, two of which had distribution before they were wrapped. No BFI in either, private equity mostly, but then the producers didn't 'wait for permission' to make their film.
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