Eric Fellner to chair board of new organisation called Film Nation UK.
The British Film Institute (BFI) has revealed further details of its £26m ($40m) film education push with the launch of new organisation Film Nation, which will oversee its programme for youngsters aged 5-19 and all 26,700 schools in the UK.
The programme, set to launch in September 2013, will see £26m of Lottery money channelled over four years between 2013-17.
While specific details of the programme have yet to be revealed, the BFI has said the programme will “deliver a rich cultural and educational relationship with film in the classroom, at after school film clubs and outside of school, including a new digital platform.”
Working Title’s Eric Fellner will chair the board which will also comprise Barbara Broccoli, Heather Rabbatts and Beeban Kidron, among others.
Film Nation’s partners will include Pearson, The National Union of Teachers, LoveFilm and National Schools Partnership and existing BFI partners Creative Sctoland, Creative Skillset, Film Agency Wales and Northern Ireland Screen.
Film Nation staff will be announced in coming weeks, as will office locations. The full programme will launch this autumn.
Film education was one of the cornerstones of the BFI’s future plan for film – Film Forever, the report it launched in response to Chris Smith’s Film Policy Review. It has also launched the BFI Film Academy.