BFI Future Film Skills Programme FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Future Film Skills Programme and Funding Guidelines.

What are the expectations regarding partnership or match funding?

You will be required to identify and secure significant additional funding, or other resources aligned to the Future Film Skills Programme outcomes, during the programme period. This will demonstrate that there is genuine support for the programme from the industry or others who will benefit from the delivery. This could include:

  • Industry levies;
  • Cash or in-kind support;
  • Central and local government funds (ie Social Investment Funds);
  • Further and higher education funds; or
  • Co-funding from third party recipients of funds.

Can you provide more information about the proposed craft centres of excellence?

One of the critical factors to address within the strategy is the need to ‘support Professional Development’. “The research highlights a lack of clarity of the training and qualifications required for career progression and a shortage of professional, business and leadership skills. Strengthening the skills of workers and business leaders in the screen industries will be central to supporting growth of indigenous businesses. Going forward, these priorities not only require leadership from the industry but also long-term strategic and collaborative action with government. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities (LAs), training providers, trade unions and wider industry collaborators working in partnership. Together, we can pool expertise and resources, address persistent market failures, coordinate activity, leverage additional investment, and co-design new solutions while also maximising the value of existing mainstream provision.” (p.21 of the strategy)

The proposal for one or two Centres of Excellence to deliver finishing skills for craft and production should be established in partnership with studios, LEPs, higher education institutions and other relevant organisations. The Future Film Skills Programme includes funds to kick-start and develop such partnerships. Deliverables and KPIs will be developed jointly by all the Centres of Excellence partners and aligned with the Future Film Skills Programme.

What will be the relationship with the BFI Film Academy?

Point five from the Action Plan is to embed the BFI Film Academy into the skills pipeline. Over the past five years the BFI Film Academy has built a network of 4,577 young people from every corner of the UK – some of whom are already on the first rungs of the industry. Both this and new, ambitious programmes will be dependent not just on funding but on generous donations of time and support from the industry experts.

The BFI Film Academy will continue to be delivered by the BFI, but its objectives will be directly in alignment with the Future Film Skills Programme. The BFI Film Academy team will work in partnership with the selected partner and the overall strategy.

Where can I find out more about Value for Money?

The National Audit Office (NAO) approach to VfM for public bodies will be adopted. This incorporates satisfying the following four areas: Economy, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Impact. Applicants should consider this when writing their proposal. Further information can be found on the National Audit Office website.

How will the cashflow be managed?

Funding will be allocated annually (in equal instalments unless variations are agreed in advance) to the selected partner with progression to each year dependent on:

  • Delivery against the Key Performance Indicators and the programme deliverables;
  • Independent verification of achievement of the Future Film Skills Programme for the previous period;
  • Agreement of a Delivery Plan, Budget and Risk Register for the next period;
  • Evidence of the continued financial viability of the organisation and that partnership funding at agreed levels was obtained; and
  • Continuing availability to the BFI of National Lottery funds at least at current levels. Funding can only be guaranteed to the extent that the National Lottery continues to operate and the BFI continues to receive sufficient funds from it.
  • We will agree a cashflow schedule for each year of the Programme with the successful partner with sufficient flexibility to allow for variation in cashflow requirements during the year.

How will progress be reported?

Monitoring and reporting:
In order to deliver the structured evaluation programme, baseline data should be identified, set and agreed in advance with the BFI. You will be required as part of your reporting, monitoring and evaluation plan to take responsibility for an independent annual data exercise to verify the accuracy of the data comprising the performance indicators. This should be undertaken by an external third party contractor such as an auditor and will be required in order to progress to the next year of funding.

Evaluation:
As part of the structured evaluation programme you will be required to undertake an independent mid-programme and end of programme evaluation against the strategic measures of success and deliverables.

Reporting requirements:
In order to progress to each year of funding you will be required to achieve a minimum threshold of performance. Please note that the first period of funding will cover to the period up to 31 March 2019 in order that data for the first full year of the programme (being 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018) can be collected, verified and delivered and a performance review undertaken without a break in funding from the BFI in January 2019.

The following reporting framework will be agreed with the successful applicants:

  • Six-monthly progress reports;
  • Six-monthly progress meetings with the BFI;
  • Performance report: this ‘year-end’ report should contain sufficient information for the BFI to be able to conduct a performance review in order to determine whether to progress to the following year of funding. In order to ensure that there is no break in provision, the annual performance review will be conducted in December or January of each funding year in order to allow sufficient time for the BFI to be able to confirm new financial funding from April. As the first ‘year’ of BFI funding will actually cover 18 months the performance data provided for the performance report can be extracted from the October to September period (although the report should also outline intended delivery to the following March). The data for each report should be independently verified and shared (which should be verified for accuracy by an external third party contractor such as an auditor) and submitted to the BFI; and
  • You will be invited to present your performance reports and audited accounts to the BFI Audit, Governance and Risk Committee on an annual basis.

Performance review:
Each year of funding will be conditional upon and subject to:

  • Independently verified achievement of the minimum performance indicators, key measures of success and deliverables for the previous full period;
  • Evidence of the continued financial viability of the organisation and that partnership funding at agreed levels was obtained;
  • Agreement of a Delivery Plan, Budget and Risk Register for the next period; and
  • Continuing availability to the BFI of National Lottery funds at least at current levels. Funding can only be guaranteed to the extent that the National Lottery continues to operate and the BFI continues to receive sufficient funds from it.
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