BFI Releases Strategy to Promote Screen Culture

The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched two new 10-year strategies to ensure the future of screen culture in the UK. The first is a Screen Culture strategy, which sets out how the BFI will invest £1 billion of National Lottery and government funding over the next decade to ensure everyone in the UK can enjoy and engage with film.

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This includes plans for a new streaming service called BFI+, investment in film education in schools, and opening up access to the BFI’s research collections via Screen Archive of the Future.

The second is a lottery funding strategy, which will see the BFI invest £340 million of National Lottery funding in film over the next ten years. This will support film production, distribution and exhibition, film education and archive preservation. Both strategies were developed following consultation with the film industry, educators, researchers and public members.

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Speaking about the plans, BFI CEO Amanda Nevill said: “Our goal is an ambitious one – to ensure that everyone in the UK has the opportunity to enjoy and engage with film throughout their lives. But we cannot achieve this alone. We need the support of the government, the National Lottery and all those who care about the film to help us make this happen.”

The BFI’s Screen Culture strategy is available on the BFI website. The lottery funding strategy will be published later this year. The National Lottery is the UK’s biggest film funder, investing over £1 billion in the industry since its launch in 1994. Since then, National Lottery-funded films have won over 140 BAFTAs and 36 Oscars.

The British Film Institute (BFI) is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. We invest in, preserve and screen a diverse range of movies and television programmes, encourage artistic talent, support creativity and promote understanding of film heritage. The BFI is a registered charity governed by the Royal Charter. www.bfi.org.uk

According to the latest figures, the UK film industry contributed £5.6 billion to the economy in 2016 and supported over 116,000 jobs. The BFI’s Screen Culture strategy aims to ensure that everyone in the UK has the opportunity to enjoy and engage with film.

The strategy sets out how the BFI will invest £1 billion of National Lottery and government funding over the next decade to make sure everyone in the UK has the opportunity to enjoy and engage with film.

This includes plans for a new streaming service called BFI+, investment in film education in schools, and opening up access to the BFI’s research collections via Screen Archive of the Future.

The strategy was developed following consultation with the film industry, educators, researchers and public members.

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