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Source: BFI

Ben Roberts

The British Film Institute (BFI) is partnering with independent research agency BritainThinks to develop a strategy for the next 10 years that aims to identify the areas of activity to be funded specifically by the National Lottery money the organisation receives.

Over the next few weeks, BritainThinks will be conducting a consultation titled ‘Next Up’ with stakeholders and the public to establish shared priorities for the screen sectors, including film, TV and games. These priorities will inform the strategy, which will run from April 2023 to the BFI’s centenary in 2033 and succeeds BFI2022 – the five-year, £500m investment plan for UK film which runs from 2017-2022.

A series of shorter implementation plans will outline the detail on the funding mechanisms used to deliver the strategy, the first beginning in spring 2023 and spanning three to five years.

“Through this consultation we want to hear from a balanced sample of funded and non-funded organisations as well as individual creatives, cultural bodies and organisations from film, television, games, animation, children’s TV, immersive and interactive,” said BFI chief executive, Ben Roberts in his regular newsletter to the UK industry. 

“We will work with BritainThinks to reach out to members of the public, and ensure the consultation is inclusive and representative of communities from across the whole of the UK through online surveys, workshops and focus groups.”

A series of further roundtable discussions are set to take place from December 2021 to January 2022, with another stage of open consultation early in 2022, before a final draft plan is published in autumn 2022.