The British Film Institute BFI has announced a total of £15.2 million in funding for partners across the United Kingdom to implement audience talent and education programmes
In their respective regions, the partners will use the funds to continue delivering the BFI’s Film Audience Network (FAN), talent development programme BFI Network, and education programme BFI Film Academy Plus beginning in April.
In September 2022, the BFI published a 10-year strategy titled Screen Culture 2033, which lays out the organization’s plans to support the industry over the next decade with reduced National Lottery funding (approximately 10% less than previously). This funding is the first to follow the publication of this strategy.
Access to screen culture across the UK, long-term strategies for skill development, and the support of the exhibition workforce are just a few of the goals that the strategy aims to achieve with these funds.
To make sure the money “effectively responds to the varying needs of the public and industry in different parts of the country,” the BFI will collaborate closely with the organisations to make that happen.
Soon, the BFI will announce additional funding for UK partners to support education and skills activity.
According to Harriet Finney, deputy CEO of the BFI, “our partners are fundamental to the successful delivery of our ambitious National Lottery Strategy across the UK.” The BFI Film Audience Network, BFI Network, and BFI Film Academy Plus programmes will continue to develop and adapt to meet the evolving needs of our sector thanks to the support of the venues and organisations announced today.
We are committed to ensuring that people from all walks of life in every corner of the United Kingdom have the chance to participate in screen culture, from watching movies in theatres to making their own films to launching professional careers in the industry. To that end, we are assisting these wonderful partners in bringing these opportunities to people in their communities.
London’s Film London will receive £1.27 million to oversee the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) and BFI Network activity as part of the BFI’s £15.2 million funding allocation for the years 2023–26.
In the Midlands, BFI FAN, BFI Network activity, and BFI Film Academy Plus are managed by Broadway in Nottingham and Flatpack in Birmingham (£1.94m).
To coordinate BFI FAN, BFI Network activity, and Film Academy Plus in the north of England, the BFI has a showroom in Sheffield and a home in Manchester (£2.22m).
Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast will oversee BFI FAN and BFI Film Academy Plus with a budget of £0.98m, and Northern Ireland Screen will implement BFI Network’s talent development activity with a budget of £0.48m.
The Glasgow Film Theatre in Scotland will be in charge of BFI FAN and BFI Film Academy Plus, thanks to a £1.02 million grant from the British Film Institute, and Screen Scotland will co-fund talent development activity as part of the BFI Network, providing a further £0.63 million in support of BFI FAN.
The Independent Cinema Office* (£2.53m) in the South East of England is responsible for overseeing the BFI Film Academy Plus, BFI Film Audience Network, and BFI FAN.
Watershed* in Bristol, South West England (£2.52m) to oversee BFI FAN, BFI Network activity, and BFI Film Academy Plus.
Ffilm Cymru Wales (£0.63m) will deliver talent development activity as part of BFI Network Wales, while Chapter in Cardiff (£1.03m) will manage BFI FAN and BFI Film Academy Plus.