The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s leading film and moving image organization, has outlined a new comprehensive 10-year strategy, along with a financing plan for the first three years of the period.
The Screen Culture 2033 strategy, which marks the centenary of the SFI in 2033, has six major ambitions. As part of this, the BFI aims to transform its relationship with the British public and become known as an open house for the discovery of storytelling on screen; advocating for the full breadth of screen culture, including video games and interactive work; and create an advanced screen archive of the future.
In addition, the BFI aims to be digital-first in delivering cultural programming via streamer BFI+; champion fencing culture in school curricula, and build a skilled and sustainable workforce that reflects the UK population; and supporting the industry in providing national lottery funding, policy work and evidence.
“To achieve all of this, the BFI will work to become more financially resilient in its approach, building on its charitable and commercial revenues,” the BFI said in a statement.
In the UK, 2.7% of the available national lottery proceeds are used to fund films through the SFI. Over the years, lottery-funded films have won 14 Oscars and 32 BAFTAs.
In a new National Lottery Strategy for 2023-2033, the organization plans to invest a total of £136.3 million ($153 million), or about £45 million a year, in lottery money in the first three years of the 10-year strategy period. . Of this, £54 million is earmarked for filmmakers; £34.2 million in education and skills, which will be one way to tackle the dire skills shortage in the UK; £27.6 million for audience development; £10 million for fencing heritage; £7.3 million for innovation and industry services; and £3.2 million for international operations.
Both the 10-year strategy and the three-year financing plan will operate on three core principles: equality, diversity and inclusion; a British assignment; and environmental sustainability.
British Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan, who took up the role earlier this month, said: “For many people around the world, our TV and film is our calling card. At home it creates jobs and helps us see the stories of our lives. In addition to our government work, this long-term plan will ensure that the UK is a great place to make film, television and video games in the future.”
BFI chairman Tim Richards, who is also the CEO of the European cinema chain Vue, added: “The ambitions we outline in Screen Culture 2033 – which will mark the BFI’s centenary – and the BFI National Lottery Strategy, have led to target the opportunities for creators, audiences, educators and industry to ensure that the screen culture produced and consumed in the UK truly 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 in our past, present and future has never been more important.”
BFI CEO Ben Roberts added: “With Screen Culture 2033, we aim to change the way people access our programmes, appreciate screen culture and gain skills and jobs in the UK. We will have wider access to our world-class collections and programmes. generate , including by expanding our digital platforms.
At a time when economic pressures affect people’s lives and industry resilience, our commitment to fulfilling the mandate of the national charity lottery has never been more important. Screen culture does not stand still and neither do we.”