As a successor to BFI2022 and running from April 2023 to the BFI’s centenary in 2033, the new strategy will also draw upon the work we have done to set out a clear purpose and vision for the BFI. This will transform access to our programmes, screen culture and jobs.
In line with the BFI’s National Lottery policy directions for good cause funding, the strategy will provide an overarching framework of principles, objectives and outcomes to help us prioritise areas of activity. It will also support the development of a series of three-year funding plans to cover strategy period, the first of which – for April 2023 to March 2026 – will be published with the strategy in autumn 2022.
Working together, the strategy and the funding plans aim to ensure the continued vibrancy of the stories that we tell, experience and enjoy on screen, unlocking cultural, industrial, social and economic benefits UK-wide along the way.
Work developing the strategy to date
The first step towards developing this strategy with the sector was undertaken from August to October 2021. BritainThinks, an independent research agency that has worked extensively with public sector and commercial organisations, conducted a consultation (which we have called Next Up Pt.1) with stakeholders and the public designed to establish shared priorities for the screen sectors – including film, TV and games – over the next 10 years.
Through this consultation, we heard from a sample of individual creatives, cultural bodies and organisations from film, television, games, animation, children’s TV, immersive and interactive. Members of the public were also engaged in this phase of the consultation through participating in a nationally represented online survey, as well as in focus groups and interviews.
The detailed findings from the BritainThinks consultation and a summary report, which acts as a guide for interpreting the research, were published on 17 January 2022 and are available to read below. Key findings were also presented at a webinar hosted by BritainThinks.
The Next Up Pt.2 consultation took place from Wednesday 20 April to Wednesday 18 May with draft strategic priorities based on the consultation published and available to read below.
We wanted to hear from a broad spectrum of people working in every area of the UK screen sector, so invited feedback via an online survey and held 18 Talkabout events across the UK (between 25 April and 18 May). This allowed us to gather thoughts on the proposed strategic framework for the National Lottery funding, as well as seeking input relevant for local areas.
All activity funded through BFI2022, our outgoing strategy running until March 2023, will be winding down over the coming months. This includes internally managed funds as well as projects, funds and programmes managed by our funded partners. When the strategy is published in autumn 2022, along with the initial three-year funding plan, we will then publish tenders, invite applications, as well as design any internally managed funding programmes in advance of the beginning of the strategy period in April 2023, all of which will enable us to deliver on the objectives outlined in the strategy.
We are using the insights, knowledge and information from the consultation process to refine and produce the final 10-year National Lottery strategy, as well as the initial three-year funding plan, to make sure they meet the needs of the sector as best as possible.
We will publish the final plan in autumn 2022, aiming to ensure we have as many aspects as possible of the new strategy and funding plan up and running for April 2023.
Early Expressions of Interest
Find out about Expressions of Interest for BFI delivery partners for National Lottery funded programmes:
- Audience and talent development activity – closing 8 August
- Documentary fund and talent support programme – closing 12 August
These have been issued ahead of the BFI 10-year National Lottery funding strategy being finalised for publication in the autumn.
We are looking for partners for these distinct areas of work based on public and industry consultation and responses we received to our draft strategic priorities. Our National Lottery strategy will include support for these areas.
We are starting to identify organisations around the UK who will be ready to deliver this work from April 2023.