Philip Knatchbull, CEO of UK exhibitor, distributor and streaming platform Curzon, has called for state support during the pandemic as UK cinema exhibitors also issue an impassioned call for further government funding to keep the sector alive.
“We feel that we have fallen between every stool that there is,” Knatchbull told Screen,“We don’t qualify for the BFI’s Cultural Recovery Fund because we are not considered as an independent cinema. We don’t qualify for the [government’s] business interruption loan because of the structure of the business. We don’t qualify any more for [Creative Europe] MEDIA automatic or selective [funding] or Europa Cinemas or the Curzon cinema grant from Creative Europe because we Brexited. And we don’t qualify for the Arts Council of England [support] because we are considered a cinema company.”…..