Magazine article Screen International

BFI Announces "Pillars" of Its Five Year Plan for Film

Magazine article Screen International

BFI Announces "Pillars" of Its Five Year Plan for Film

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Amanda Nevill today promised a "fresh approach" from the BFI in its Five Year Forward Plan For Film; government and BFI to officially respond to Chris Smith's Film Policy Review on May 14.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill today disclosed the "three pillars" of the BFI's Five Year Forward Plan For Film, which it will formally announce later this year.

Nevill said the Plan would be "broadly structured around three pillars" consisting of "a major commitment to education and a better deal for audiences across the UK; an emphasis on creating a supportive home for filmmakers across the value chain; and new initiatives to unlock our film heritage."

Nevill told a gathering of UK industry at a Westminster Forum Projects seminar that the BFI will launch its industry consultation on the Plan on May 14th, and that the BFI and the government will officially respond to Chris Smith's Film Policy Review on the same day.

She told the audience that the BFI will be consulting the industry on how it should spend the estimated £57m it is likely to receive from the Lottery in each of the next five years.

Nevill said the main thrust of the Five Year Forward Plan would be "bold" and that the BFI would "try things it hadn't done before."

"The Future Plan is going to be heavily influenced by the Film Policy Review," said Nevill. "Our emphasis is going to be on the innovative and the entrepeneurial. It is up to us to take risks that private money can not and to grow future generations of audiences. We'll be investing in new voices as well as established voices". …

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