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Blow for EIFF as UK funding body is scrapped

posted 26 Jul 2010, 16:43 by David Rintoul   [ updated 26 Jul 2010, 17:22 ]

The UK Film Council - which in the past has provided vital support for the Edinburgh International Film Festival - has been wound up as part of the new coalition government's efficiency drive.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport announced yesterday that the UK Film Council, which channels funding for the film industry in the UK, is to be abolished.

Over the past three years, the UK Film Council has provided a vital £1.9 million grant to the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which helped the festival to support and discover new film-makers.