The future of government funding for films is set to be discussed by  the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey later today. This comes after the government announced the abolition of the UK Film Council by 2012.

It is expected that they will use National Lottery cash to fund film making. Mr Vaizey has said he wants a "robust" strategy to keep filmmaking in this country thriving.

Today's meeting will be one of many to take place before a final decision will be made on future funding later this Autumn.

Despite the closure of the UK Film Council Mr Vaizey said "There is no question the public support for film is continuing", He wants "a robust and coordinated strategy to promote the UK as the best place to invest in film making and to provid real support and advice to film makers and investors alike".

The UK Film Council has invested £160m into films over the last 10 years. Since it was announced that it was to close, film stars have stood up to defend it, writing to the government to protest the decision. The head of the organisation, John Woodward, announced his resignation earlier this week.

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