Increasing inclusivity across the UK industry

There are huge opportunities for job creation and economic growth in the screen industries, yet its output and workforce don’t reflect the UK population.

The funding we provide to projects is contractually dependent on diversity requirements and we have set ourselves inclusion targets, but those interventions affect only a small proportion of films made in the UK annually – approximately 10%.

We therefore have a range of tools and resources, and are also investing in activity across the UK, to help the sector become more representative and ensure opportunities are open to everyone.

Diversity standards identify ways to make projects more inclusive. We can assess productions of all sizes and audience-facing activities such as film festivals.

It is essential that people feel safe and secure in the workplace. In collaboration with the industry we devised a set of principles and guidance to tackle bullying and harassment. Employers and employees are supported with clear and practical information on law, policy and how to recognise and challenge inappropriate behaviour.

The Film & TV Support Line – 0800 054 00 00 – is a free, 24/7 telephone line for everyone working in UK film, cinema and television run by the Film & Television Charity and supported by the BFI. Trained staff have experience in supporting multiple personal and professional difficulties.

We want to ensure opportunities to watch and make films, and have a career in the industry, are open to everyone in the UK – especially those from under-represented groups. Through a number of strong nationwide partnerships, our work reaches every part of the UK.

Our work includes:

  • In schools Into Film works with 5-19 year olds to encourage a lifelong relationship with film
  • BFI Film Academy offers talented 16-19 year olds training and skills to be part of our future film industry
  • We support Creative Skillset to deliver our Future Film Skills plan to help entry-level crew and those with transferable skills to join a booming industry
  • BFI NETWORK discovers, develops and funds talented writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers.
  • The BFI Film Fund champions bold and distinctive filmmaking throughout the UK
  • The BFI Film Audience Network is a collaboration of eight Film Hubs across the UK, seeking to ensure the greatest choice of film for everyone

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