The plan proposed the implementation of a “new strategy for film education and learning across the UK which is aimed at people of all ages. (It) will touch all areas of the BFI and will be a significant cornerstone of bfi.org.uk.”
Since then we have stepped up our education activity with the completion of year one of the BFI Film Academy (for aspiring young filmmakers), with the award of Lottery funding to FILM NATION UK (to deliver film into the education of all 5-19 year olds), and with the appointment of a Director of Education. At the same time, the BFI continues its ongoing support for education through its film programming, its publishing, its online services and resources, and its substantial in-venue provision at BFI Southbank.
The time has come to build on these achievements by the BFI and its many partners across the UK, and to develop and implement a comprehensive new vision and approach to learning about – and through – film, television and other screen media.
Our ambition is to develop a core vision which can strengthen the position of film education in a fast-changing environment. Media convergence, rapid improvements in delivery technology, new rights frameworks, access to major collections, innovative digital applications, cultural change and new learning priorities are just some of the many factors which will shape the role of film and screen media education in the next decade.
This new strategy will bring us all together. Here at the BFI we plan to use it to define our role over the coming years. We will continue to bring leadership and advocacy to film education, and on behalf of our many partners, we will validate this with continuing good practice in the classroom and online. We will also enrich our contribution by drawing on the BFI’s resources as a knowledge institution and national archive.
The initial online education strategy consultation has now closed – thanks to all who responded to our questionnaire.
At the beginning of March we will publish the keys ideas for the strategy. We will seek your responses online and at meetings by invitation. The final strategy is expected to be signed off in April/May.
Read a summary of the main issues and ideas we’ve gathered from your feedback for a new education strategy.