BFI will promote TV and film teaching in schools and launch a new streaming service

BFI will promote TV and film teaching in schools and launch a new streaming service

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced plans to promote film and television education in schools and launch its new streaming service BFI+ while unveiling a 10-year strategy and three-year funding plan.

Screen Culture 2033 was launched at a virtual event on Friday with the aim of transforming how people engage with the BFI and its programs and to “build a diverse and accessible screen culture that benefits the whole of society and contributes to a prosperous British economy”.

The institute also outlined how it plans to invest the money it receives from the National Lottery over the next three years, starting in April 2023.

The funding plan will run from 2023 to 2026 and see the organization invest £136m – or around £45m annually.

From these funds, £54 million has been allocated to enable filmmakers to create original film work and support talent development through the BFI Network.

Around £34.2 million will also be invested in education and skills, including a funding program to train teachers in how to use film and moving images in the classroom, as well as a careers and progression program to help children and young people enter in the industry.

BFI CEO Ben Roberts outlined six ambitions within the Screen Culture strategy.

Among them are BFI’s educational offer; it wants film and television and their stories to be taught and used as a learning tool in classrooms.

“We hope that by supporting the positive effects of screen culture, its cultural, educational and social value with audiences and decision-makers will increase over time,” Roberts said.

Another ambition is to promote a new narrative around video games among the public and in the authorities.

He said: “We are hugely enthusiastic about the creative and cultural possibilities of video games, but we currently do not have the necessary resources or in-house skills. So we will use the first years of our strategy to work with (the) video games sector and build a clear case for support.”

Other key aims within the BFI’s strategy include transforming the relationship with the public across the UK and establishing the BFI National Archive to make the collection accessible.

BFI Riverfront (Luke Hayes/RIBA/PA)

BFI Riverfront (Luke Hayes/RIBA/PA)

The institute also wants to be ‘digital first’ in delivering cultural programs through BFI+ and to drive growth and success in the industry by addressing market failures through funding schemes, policy and evidence.

Culture Minister Michelle Donelan reflected on the strategy and said: “As the BFI looks towards its centenary, I am delighted to see that their vision is to open up more of their collections, increase people’s skills and help generate growth in Britain’s cutting edge. and globally known display industries.

“For many people around the world, our TV and film is our calling card. At home, it creates jobs and helps us see and tell the stories of our lives.

“Together with our work in government, this long-term plan will help ensure that the UK is a great place to make film, TV and video games in the future.”

BFI chairman Tim Richards added: “As a cultural charity, a distributor of ‘good cause’ National Lottery funding, we see the societal benefits of screen culture and the important contribution it makes to the UK economy.

“The ambitions we set out in Screen Culture 2033 – which will take the BFI to its centenary – and the BFI National Lottery Strategy aim to expand opportunities for creators, audiences, educators and industry to ensure screen culture is truly produced and consumed in the UK. reflects our vibrant and diverse population.

“Our role in creating the right conditions for economic growth and cultural development and appreciation of British screen culture throughout our past, present and for the future has never been more important.”

The 10-year BFI National Lottery Strategy 2023-2033 was developed over a 13-month period in consultation with the public and individuals in the industry.

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