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Will Massa

Will Massa is the curator of contemporary fiction in the BFI National Archive. Will joined the BFI in 2017, with the objective of ensuring contemporary British fiction film is comprehensively represented in the collection. He is currently helping to pioneer a framework for the acquisition of ‘new forms’ such as VR, multimedia and VFX into the archive. He previously worked in the British Council’s Film department, at various regional screen agencies in talent development, as a film festival programmer, a project assessor and a script consultant. He currently serves on the board of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival.

Will has an MA in World Cinema from the University of Leeds and has specialist interest in short film, the relationship between ‘export cinema’ and soft power, British poetic realism, representations of class and masculinity in 90s British cinema, and the intersection between film and new technologies.

Articles by Will Massa

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  • From the Magazine

    Atlantic drift: the great British filmmakers working in America

    Should we be concerned by the fact that, at a moment of great national soul-searching, many of the UK’s most celebrated independent filmmakers – from Andrea Arnold to Lynne Ramsay, Steve McQueen and the McDonagh brothers – are currently working in the United States? Will Massa investigates.

    Friday, April 20, 2018


  • Into the stunning visual world of Lynne Ramsay

    Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here is a potent thriller that further develops the director’s preoccupations with guilt, loss of innocence and memory.

    Thursday, March 1, 2018


  • 15 years of the London Short Film Festival

    Tearing across the capital like a rambunctious teen, the 15th London Short Film Festival runs 12-21 January 2018 and offers one of its most enticing programmes to date.

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018


  • The best British TV of 2017

    From Harlots to Timewasters, BFI curators round up the best things on television this year.

    Monday, December 11, 2017


  • The best British TV of 2017 so far

    BFI curators pick some of the year’s television highlights to date. How many of these did you catch?

    Monday, July 31, 2017


  • 10 great films set in Madrid

    Pedro Almodóvar is just one of the many filmmakers to have been inspired by Spain’s great capital. Viva Madrid!

    Thursday, August 11, 2016


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