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 set out the objectives and outcomes we want to achieve using the National Lottery money we receive from Government, designed to ensure the continued vibrancy of our screen culture and industry growth UK-wide. It will be published alongside the first in  a series of shorter implementation plans, will set out the funding mechanisms we will use to deliver the strategy over the first three-to-five years of the strategy period.

The first step towards developing this plan 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) 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 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 as part of a nationally-represented online survey, focus groups, and interviews. The insights, knowledge and information shared by all the participants  will inform the next phase of developing the National Lottery Funding Strategy between January and April.

The detailed findings from the BritainThinks’ consultation and a summary report which acts a guide for interpreting the research were published on 17 January 2022 and are available to read below.

A further stage of open consultation in the spring 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 as possible up and running for April 2023