The British Film Institute has released £30 million ($38.6 million) from its Culture Recovery fund. The 43 independent cinema has received £650,000 ($838,000) across England, U.K. These monetary grants are part of the U.K. government’s larger $1.9 billion lifelines for the arts sector. The government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have allocated these funds.
“We all enjoyed the escapism of a good film during lockdown, but nothing beats the experience of the big screen. This first wave of emergency funding will help dozens of independent cinemas around the country, preserving their unique character and history for future generations,” siad minister.
Ben Roberts, BFI’s chief executive said, “The government’s support for independent cinemas through the Culture Recovery Fund is having a positive impact for venues and local communities in cities, towns and villages across the country as they reopen with new COVID-safe measures in place and new releases.”
Elba, BFI governor, said, “In a time with so much change and uncertainty around us, there is comfort in the familiarity of a comfy pair of seats and some popcorn at your local cinema. It’s a simple and effective way of bonding with our cities and culture. We depend on the independent cinema and they depend on us to support them, now more than ever.”
Rishi Sunak, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer said.“The U.K. ‘s cinema and film & TV production industry are a key part of our culture as they provide thousands of jobs and help to entertain the nation. So I’m delighted that we can support independent cinemas through the Cultural Recovery Fund, and help to get productions up and running again through the film and TV production restart Scheme, protecting vital jobs across the industry.”
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