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 to transform access to our programmes, screen culture and jobs.
The strategy will identify which areas of activity should be funded specifically with the National Lottery money to ensure the continued vibrancy of our screen culture and industry growth UK-wide. A series of shorter implementation plans will set out the detail on the funding mechanisms we will use to deliver the strategy over the 10-year period, the first of which will begin in spring 2023 and is set to span three to five years.
During August and September we will take the first step towards developing this plan with the sector. BritainThinks, an independent research agency that has worked extensively with public sector and commercial organisations, will be conducting a consultation (which we are calling Next Up) with stakeholders and the public designed to establish shared priorities for the screen sectors – including film, TV and games – over the next ten years.
Through this consultation we want to hear from a balanced sample of funded and non-funded organisations as well as individual creatives, cultural bodies and organisations from film, television, games, animation, children’s TV, immersive and interactive. We will work with BritainThinks to reach out to members of the public, and ensure the consultation is inclusive and representative of communities from across the whole of the UK through online surveys, workshops and focus groups. The insights, knowledge and information gathered will inform a series of further roundtable discussions over December 2021/January 2022 on how to best design a strategy that delivers against these priorities.
A further stage of open consultation in early 2022 will lead to the final plan being published in autumn 2022. Our aim is to ensure we have as many aspects of the new strategy and implementation plan up and running for April 2023.