Magazine article Screen International

BFI Distribution Head Peter Buckingham to Step Down

Magazine article Screen International

BFI Distribution Head Peter Buckingham to Step Down

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BFI head of distribution & exhibition to step down after nine years at UKFC and BFI.

Pete Buckingham, currently head of distribution and exhibition at the BFI, is to step down after nine years at the UK Film Council and BFI.

Buckingham is leaving to pursue "a more direct and hands on role in the same arena."

Buckingham is the latest high profile, former UKFC executive to leave the BFI after Film Fund head Tanya Seghatchian announced her departure in September. A succession plan for Buckingham's role has yet to be announced with the government's film policy review findings, due in January, potentially impacting the nature of the position going forward.

During Buckingham's tenure at the UKFC he developed a number of important funds and programmes in support of the distribution and exhibition sectors in the UK, including the popular P&A fund, which supported the marketing and distribution of releases such as An Education, Red Road, Control, This is England, A Prophet, The Lives of Others and Pan's Labyrinth, the Film Festivals fund, which channeled £4.5million Lottery funding to the London Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and Sheffield Documentary Film Festival among others and the Digital Screen Network, which supported the installation of 240 digital projectors in more than 200 cinemas.

Other initiatives developed under Buckingham's watch include anti piracy initiative FindAnyFilm.com, which has had 11 million visits in two and a half years, the Digital Innovation fund, which included support for hit campaigns such as Monsters and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the Fast track fund, the Lottery Transition fund and audience development initiatives such as the FilmClub, Capital and Access fund and Rural Cinema pilot scheme. …

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