Magazine article Screen International

BFI: Film Diversity Needs Own Conversation

Magazine article Screen International

BFI: Film Diversity Needs Own Conversation

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EXCLUSIVE: Culture minister Ed Vaizey to meet BFI and industry during London Film Festival.

Diversity in the film industry "needs its own conversation", BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts has told ScreenDaily.

Roberts acknowledged that diversity in the TV sector has dominated recent meetings between the DCMS and the creative industries:

"The TV conversation was becoming the dominant conversation in those rooms," he told Screen.

"That is fine and good but it's a different conversation. In those rooms you have large corporations like the BBC who are able to make decisions across sectors including production, distribution and commissioning.

"It's a different ecology and economy in film, which needs its own conversation."

Roberts is due to meet with culture minister Ed Vaizey and select film industry during the London Film Festival (Oct 8-19) to address diversity. …

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