June 9, 2017
Following the 2017 U.K. election results, Michael Ryan, IFTA Chairman and Partner, GFM Films, issued the following statement:
“The film and television industry depends upon relationships – financial, professional and creative – with Europe and the rest of the world. BREXIT itself has compounded the existing marketplace uncertainties that affect us. Now, with the scope of the government’s mandate to negotiate the U.K.’s trade and legal relationships internationally open to question, we are simply apprehensive for the future.”
About the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 145 member companies from 22 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance.
Collectively, the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The organization’s premiere event, the American Film Market, held in conjunction with AFI Fest, takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.
As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA and the American Film Market, please visit www.ifta-online.org.