BFI NETWORK, the British Film Institute’s support resource for writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers, has appointed a new head and talent executive.
Jess Loveland becomes the new head of BFI NETWORK, starting in January 2019. She will move from her role as a NETWORK talent executive for Film Hub North, and will continue to be based in the North East in her new role, reporting to BFI deputy CEO Ben Roberts.
She has previously worked as a development executive for Dublin-based Blinder Films, and for Creative England and BFI NETWORK as a development and production executive.
Mathieu Ajan joins the team as a BFI NETWORK talent executive working out of Film London, alongside fellow talent executive Josic Cadoret. Ajan presently runs Bounce, a youth-powered pop-up cinema dedicated to supporting and showcasing new filmmaking talent and tackling the lack of representation in the industry.
Ajan also founded and will continue to operate Teardusk, a social enterprise which nurtures creative young people.
BFI NETWORK was funded in 2012. Working alongside the BFI Film Fund team, the seven NETWORK talent executives offer funding, editorial support and professional guidance to help creators progress from making shorts to developing long-form stories, including features.