Published on: 16 December 2021 in Industry

Directors Digest — Thursday 16 December

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Nominations galore, sci-fi big-hitters, tax reliefs, new studios and the importance of creative education. The year may be coming to an end but the news keeps on coming. Read all about it below. 

A letter in The Telegraph on plans for post-18 education funding, championing the importance of creative education to the UK economy was signed by our CEO Andy Harrower this week. You can read the letter and a full list of signatories here.

This damning report from Screen International confirms that Black directors make just 1% of competition films at major festivals.

Screen Scotland and the BBC are to offer a £3m boost to indiesBroadcast reports.

A new report has shown how tax relief has powered an unprecedented boom in the UK screen industries. (BFI)

A major new film studio near Reading has received full permission to go ahead, the BBC reports.

This fantastic profile of director Steve McQueen from Jason Okundaye for Evening Standard is more than worth a read.

Award season is well underway with nominations announced for the Film Independent Spirit Awards (Deadline), London Critics’ Circle Film Awards (Variety), Critics Choice Awards (Deadline), Golden Globes (Guardian) and the Emmys (CNBC). 

And finally, two sci-fi heavy hitters — James Cameron and Devis Villeneuve — are in conversation for Variety.

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