Next steps for the UK film industry - implementing the Film Policy Review

This Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar will examine the next steps for policy to ensure continued economic and creative growth in the UK film industry. It includes an opening keynote discussion withRt Hon the Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chair, Film Policy Review Panel, and Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive Officer, British Film Institute.

Discussion will also be informed by the progress report outlining new challenges for the UK film industry two years on from the Film Policy Review - and takes place in the context of the changes to the Film Tax Relief which recently took effect, as well as the announced film co-production treaty as part of the cultural exchange agreement between UK and China.

Those presenting include: Janet Archer; Creative Scotland; Richard Broughton, IHS Technology; Sue Bruce Smith, Film4; Neil McCartney, The Independent Film Trust and McCartney Media; Nik Powell, National Film and Television School and BAFTA; Paul Reeve, Into Film; Alison Small; The Production Guild; Dr Martin Smith, Ingenious Media; Martin Spence, BECTU and Adrian Wootton, Film London and British Film Commission

When: Thurs 17 July (AM)

Where: central London (tbc)

Delegates will assess domestic and international strategy priorities for the UK film industry going forward in relation to the principal objectives of the Film Policy Review, with planned sessions focusing on:

  • Growth in the international market - next steps for promoting UK film and the UK’s world-class production facilities in key global markets, and the options to improve the environment and proposition for would-be domestic and overseas investors - including a discussion of the changes to the tax credit system and proposals for Scotland’s first dedicated film and TV facility;
  • Commercial opportunities in the digital marketplace - emerging business models in the digital marketplace - including a discussion of the impact of online video streaming services on distribution strategies and market competition; the future of big screen releases and the cinema experience, and how to foster commercial experimentation going forward; and
  • Developing audiences and encouraging the next generation of talent - how to promote greater public engagement and understanding of UK film - particularly independent productions and specialised genres - and encourage greater broadcaster investment in original content, as well as the options for improving film education for young people and ensuring the future availability of the talent and skills necessary for growth in the industry.   

The draft agenda is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Media Forum.


This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from the DCMS; HMRC and UKTI. Also due to attend are representatives from British Film Institute; Acamar Films; Artswork; BECTU; Bright Blue Day; Compact Media Group; DLA Piper UK; Ecovis Wingrave Yeats; IHS Technology; Industry Trust; Invest Northern Ireland; ITV; Squire Sanders; The Rural Media Company; Twickenham Studios; University of Glasgow; University of Portsmouth; University of the West of England and University of West London.


A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at DCMS, BIS, DfE and other government departments; officials at UKTI and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use this online booking form. Terms and conditions apply. Payments should be made in advance by credit card on 01344 864796.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Next steps for the UK film industry - implementing the Film Policy Review (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.



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