In 2017 we set ourselves targets across all our activities. Against these, we monitor and evaluate our progress to check where we could be doing better and where necessary take positive action to achieve better results.

Below you can find data captured since April 2018, with figures for 2019/20 and 2018/19 on who we’ve supported through the BFI Film Academy, BFI NETWORK, development and production funding from the BFI Film Fund, the Young Audiences Content Fund, and who we employ.

Our figures are derived from the most up-to-date data available. This is self-identified data taken from monitoring forms which are voluntarily completed, so we can’t always guarantee a 100% return rate.

The BFI’s minimum targets, which are based on proportionality of the UK’s working age population, came into effect on 1 April 2018. They are:

  •  7% target for those identifying as D/deaf and disabled [this target has been revised up to 12% as of April 2020]
  • 20% target for those identifying as belonging to an under-represented ethnic group
  • 50-50 gender balance
  • 10% target for those identifying as LGBTIQ+

Those who self-identify their ethnic origin from the following groups on the BFI Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Form: Asian/Asian British, Black/African/Caribbean/Black British, Mixed/multiple ethnic groups and Other ethnic group.

People we employ in 2019/20 and 2018/19

As of the latest available data, the BFI employs 586 people. This number includes people on permanent and fixed term contracts.

Of those:

Year
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled 9% 8.6%
Ethnicity (non-white) 16.2% >15.5%
Gender (female) 52.6% 53%
LGBTQ+ 13.6% 11.7%

Representation across our workforce (ordered by role level)

Level of employee and year
  Support / Assistants   Technical / Practitioner   Manager / Professionals  
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled
 
12.5% 11.6% 10.5% 10% 5.4% 5.5%
Ethnicity (non-white) 19.8% 22.1% 17.6% 16.1% 13.5% 12.3%
Gender (female) 54.2% 53.7% 51.3% 52.1% 55.4% 54.8%
LGBTIQ+ 14.6% 10.5% 11.2% 9.6% 17.6% 16.4%
Level of employee and year
  Heads of Department   Executive / Senior Manager  
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled 11.1% 12% 4.1% 3.9%
Ethnicity (non-white) 18.5% 20% 8.2% 7.7%
Gender (female) 44.4% 48% 53.1% 53.8%
LGBTQ+ 14.8% 12% 12.2% 11.5%
Pay gaps among BFI employees
  Mean   Median    
Type of person March 2020 March 2019 March 2020 March 2019  
D/deaf and disabled 12.9% 10.8% 19.4% 19.4% In favour of non-disabled employees
Ethnicity (non-white) 9.4% 10.4% 3.8% 12% In favour of white employees
Gender (female) 1.9% -0.02% 0% 3.9%   In favour of male employees
LGBTQ+ 1.3% -0.4% 0% 0% In favour of straight / heterosexual employees

We have applied the gender pay gap calculation methodology across all pay gaps as we await Government guidance for other categories. We have compared average pay between two distinct groups: our people and those identifies as underrepresented ethnicities; LGBTIQ+ and heterosexual people; and D/deaf and disabled and non-disabled people. Different methodology may change the pay gap figures, plus different groups within these categories may have varying experiences which will not be reflected within the pay gap binary approach.

Our unplanned turnover (e.g. excluding fixed term contracts) was 10.1% as at 31 March 2020 (8.8% as at March 2019).

Our average length of employment is 9 years as at 31 March 2020 (8.8 years as at March 2019).

People we funded in 2019/20 and 2018/19

Type of funding and year
  Production   Development   Debut directors
(production)
  Doc Soc features  
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled 0% 2% 1% 3% 0% 0% 14% 5%
Ethnicity (non-white) 28% 16% 20% 19% 58% 30% 19% 11%
Gender (female) 56% 51% 56% 49% 50% 50% 76% 57%
LGBTQ+ 22% 28% 14% 21% 33% 50% 29% 32%

Percentages taken from the diversity and inclusion data provided by the writer, producer and director of each funded features, and just from the directors for debut directors.

Type of funding and year
  BFI NETWORK shorts and early development   Doc Soc shorts with BFI NETWORK   Young Audiences Content Fund   BFI Film Academy  
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled 9% 6% 10% 6% 6% N/A% 16% 11%
Ethnicity (non-white) 26% 10% 19% 11% 8% N/A% 25% 30%
Gender (female) 56% 53% 57% 55% 39% N/A% 53% 54%
LGBTQ+ 17% 18% 10% 18% 9% N/A% N/A% N/A%

Percentages derived from the combined diversity and inclusion data provided by the writer, producer and director of each funded shorts/project.

BFI Film Academy data based on diversity and inclusion data provided by each participant to short courses and residentials. LGBTIQ+ data not collected.

Young Audiences Content Fund launched in April 2019, so previous year figures not available.

Features

Number of projects to receive funding and year
Type of funding 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
Production Fund 12 19
Production Fund Debut Directors 4 10
Development Fund 96 93
BFI Doc Society Fund 9 18
Type of work funded by the BFI and year
  Writer
Development
  Director
Development
  Producer
Development
 
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled
 
1% 1% 0% 3% 2% 3%
Ethnicity (non-white) 24% 22% 24% 22% 14% 13%
Gender (female) 57% 48% 47% 50% 63% 49%
LGBTIQ+ 14% 19% 15% 21% 14% 24%
Type of funding and year
  Writer
Production
  Director
Production
  Producer
Production
  Debut directors
Production
 
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled 0% 5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 36% 21% 36% 21% 14% 5% 75% 50%
Gender (female) 45% 47% 55% 53% 64% 53% 50% 50%
LGBTQ+ 27% 26% 27% 37% 14% 21% 50% 50%
Level of employee and year
  Director
Doc Soc Features
  Producer
Doc Soc Features
 
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled 20% 11% 10% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 10% 17% 20% 6%
Gender (female) 70% 56% 80% 61%
LGBTQ+ 30% 6% 30% 61%

Due to the factual content of documentaries, there are no writers attached to Doc Society funded project this year. 

BFI NETWORK

Number of projects to receive funding and year
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
Short Film Fund 60 38
Early Development Fund 32 33
Doc Soc Shorts 10 10

Shorts

Type of filmmaker role and year
  Writer   Director   Producer  
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled
 
12% 8% 12% 5% 8% 8%
Ethnicity (non-white) 28% 18% 25% 10% 22% 5%
Gender (female) 55% 53% 56% 35% 58% 68%
LGBTIQ+ 16% 8% 16% 15% 23% 8%

Early development

Type of filmmaker role and year
  Writer   Director   Producer  
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled
 
6% 6% 0% 9% 5% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 42% 26% 40% 9% 5% 0%
Gender (female) 58% 52% 47% 73% 50% 78%
LGBTIQ+ 10% 19% 20% 27% 20% 33%

Doc Soc Shorts

Type of filmmaker role and year
  Director
Doc Soc Shorts
  Producer
Doc Soc Shorts
 
Type of person 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019 2019 to 2020 2018 to 2019
D/deaf and disabled 20% 10% 0% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 10% 40% 20% 0%
Gender (female) 60% 60% 50% 80%
LGBTQ+ 20% 20% 0% 10%

Due to the factual content of documentaries, there was only one writer attached to BFI NETWORK Doc Society funded short project this year. 

Young Audiences Content Fund

Number of projects to receive funding and year
Type of fund 2019 to 2020
Production Fund 18
Development Fund 60

Production 2019 to 2020

Filmmaker role
Type of person Writer Director Producer
D/deaf and disabled 0% 0% 0%
Ethnicity (non-white) 5% 0% 5%
Gender (female) 52% 29% 65%
LGBTQ+ 0% 12% 5%

Fund launched in April 2019, so previous year figures not available. 

Development 2019 to 2020

Filmmaker role
Type of person Writer Director Producer
D/deaf and disabled 7% 2% 12%
Ethnicity (non-white) 15% 4% 7%
Gender (female) 43% 11% 51%
LGBTQ+ 6% 9% 15%

Fund launched in April 2019, so previous year figures not available. 

The figures above are based on data collected by the BFI in 2017 and 2018.