Strategic priority two
Our strategy aims to support the future success of British film by placing a strong emphasis on new voices and fresh ideas, nurturing and investing in a diverse mix of first-class filmmaking activity across the UK, from emerging to established filmmakers, that will enrich British film culture, increase the economic value of UK film and define Britain and its storytellers in the 21st century.
Working with our strategic partners, we have created a series of interventions to stimulate and strengthen the quality and value of British film. These interventions – awards for production and development, business development and talent and skills – are designed to help promote a flourishing film culture and a prosperous film industry, to support the further development of world-class skills, to build stronger British film companies and to strengthen British film culture. They are also designed to help the UK film industry strengthen its global position through support for inward investment and exports, co-production, cultural exchange and other international partnerships.
BFI International Fund
Two strands of funding will be made available for inward investment and for export.
BFI Film Skills Fund & BFI Business Development Fund
A new UK-wide film skills strategy, and providing seed funding to enable businesses to further their ambitions for growth.
About this priority
There are three main strands to this strategy:
Investment in film production and development
We will put exemplary filmmaking talent at the heart of our strategy, supporting bold new visions from emerging and established filmmakers who have the ambition to connect with their audiences. The most significant responsibility of the BFI Film Fund is its support of UK feature film development and production and – integral to this – supporting the growth of high-calibre filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
The Film Fund makes approximately 150 awards a year for the development of feature film projects, and we will continue to make development a key priority of the Fund with a number of new initiatives including Vision Awards 2, which will support production companies so that they can develop material with creative autonomy, and also a series of targeted programmes to support development in areas needing special attention, such as animation, family films and comedy.
We will also launch a major UK-wide New Talent Network to discover and nurture the best new filmmaking talent across the UK, in partnership with Creative England, the National Screen Agencies, Film London and Creative Skillset.
Investment in skills and business development
The BFI believes that investing in skills is vital, but with increasing demands from a successfully growing sector, we need to ensure that this skills base is effectively supported. We will work with Creative Skillset and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop and execute an advocacy plan to help ensure that investment is adequate.
We will join with public sector partners across the UK to support businesses in creating and harnessing business development opportunities especially in the areas of access to finance, innovation, exploitation of IP and international markets.
Investment in strengthening our international reach
We will take a leadership role in implementing an international strategy for film stimulated by the targeted use of Lottery and Grant in Aid funding with partners. To underpin the international strategy, we have created an International Fund with specific support for inward investment and film exports.