The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced its new five-year strategy, which responds to the comments of the national consultation carried out earlier this year.
BFI2022 will operate between 2017-2022 and is based on three key priorities:
- Talent – Developing more creative filmmaking across different platforms, and financing emerging talent from outside of London.
- Learning – A 10-year skills strategy with Creative Skillset, a manifesto for film in the classroom and a commitment to diversity.
- Audiences – Grow engagement for young audiences, digitise archive British TV content, and launch a public searchable database of British film.
How does BFI2022 affect Film Hubs?
- The different Film Hubs around around the country will each take a lead role in targeting particular audiences, or running particular strands.
- Talent executives will be posted to various locations in England to help filmmakers develop ideas and assist with distribution support.
- A simple, more accessible Audience Fund, able to support distributors, exhibitors, festivals, multi-year projects and strategic partners has been created.
- Greater devolution of decision-making and funding.
We’ll update you on the finer details of these changes and what it means for Film Hub South East members when more information is available.
Improvements in diversity representation
The BFI’s CEO Amanda Nevill attended This Way Up conference in Glasgow on 30 November to present the strategy. In a summary of Nevill’s talk on The Bigger Picture website, Tara Judah noted: “Perhaps the most significant thing of all is that everyone – across the entire country – cited diversity as the biggest problem in the survey and, looking around the room, this is visibly evident. And so, what I think we can look forward to most is positive change in visible diversity onscreen, in the classroom, in cinemas and next year.”
Get in touch with questions
Thank you from all of us at Film Hub South East for your energy and engagement with all your projects we’ve been involved with so far. We’re looking forward to continuing working with you over the coming year.
If you have any questions about the strategy, please email us.
Photograph of Amanda Nevill by Eoin Carey.