Magazine article Screen International

Ben Luxford Named BFI Head of UK Audiences

Magazine article Screen International

Ben Luxford Named BFI Head of UK Audiences

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Koch Media executive to take up senior BFI role from February.

Koch Media and former Curzon Artificial Eye exec Ben Luxford has been appointed to the new role of head of UK audiences at the BFI.

Reporting to BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts, Luxford will start in the job on Feb 16.

According to the BFI Luxford will focus on the most effective use of the BFI's Lottery levers to grow audiences for British and specialised film.

Luxford will work closely with Roberts and the Film Fund's new UK Audiences team which encompasses the Distribution Fund, the Programme Development Fund, the Film Festivals Fund and support for the BFI Film Audience Network and BFI Neighbourhood Cinema.

Luxford joins the BFI from distributor Koch Media where he is currently head of distribution. He will continue to oversee the current slate - including the Film Fund-supported family comedy Bill and drama X+Y - during his transition to the BFI.

Before joining Koch, Luxford was head of theatrical distribution at leading independent UK distributor, Curzon Artificial Eye, where he was responsible for approximately 25 film campaigns a year. …

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