Tanya Seghatchian, Pete Buckingham and Will Evans are amongst the members of UK Film Council staff who will be transferring across to the BFI as part of the transition between the two bodies.
Tanya Seghatchian [pictured], Pete Buckingham and Will Evans are amongst the members of UK Film Council staff who will be transferring across to the BFI as part of the transition between the two bodies.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey last week had confirmed April 1 as the date in transfer of the posts in his speech to the British Screen Advisory Council conference. That is the day the BFI officially becomes the the Lottery distributor for film. It should be noted that the posts are transferring on April 1, but not all staffers will be moved over on that date.
Seghatchian is currently head of the UKFC’s film fund, Buckingham is head of distribution and exhibition and Evans heads up business affairs at the UKFC. They will be based out of the BFI’s central London office in Stephen Street.
The BFI confirmed that a total of 44 UKFC posts, including vacancies, will transfer across to the BFI, as it prepares to take on a number of the UKFC’s current activities including administering Lottery funding and tax credit certification, following the news last July that the UKFC was to be abolished.
UKFC staff from the strategic development unit, MEDIA Desk UK, UK partnerships, monitoring unit, certification unit, and the chief accountant are expected to move across in April, with the remainder of the transferring staff from the film fund, distribution and exhibition department, business affairs, production finance and the research and statistics unit, to follow in the summer.
The BFI said it won’t be releasing full list of UKFC staffers that will be moving to the BFI.
In a new FAQ about the BFI-UKFC transfer, the BFI confirmed that inward investment activities — including the office of the British Film Commmissioner — as of April 1 will be spearheaded by “Film London in a public/private partnership with Warner Bros., Pinewood Studios Group, the Production Guild, UK Screen Association and others.”
The FAQ also clarifies that the P&A Fund will remain open for applications through March 31, 2012.
Amanda Nevill, director of the BFI said: “From April we will be bringing together the BFI and UKFC to start a new chapter for film in the UK. We welcome our new colleagues who are among the most talented people in the film industry, and look forward to building on the UK Film Council’s incredible legacy.