BFI launches new five-year strategy, BFI2022
The BFI’s new five-year strategy, BFI2022, has been launched by BFI Chair Josh Berger and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill.
BFI2022, which builds on the foundations laid by Film Forever, will be based on three key priorities:
- A new approach to funding filmmaking not necessarily destined for the cinema
- Developing more decision-making and funding outside of London
- Aspiring to greater diversity of filmmaking and audiences
Film Forever saw the establishment of Into Film, now with active film clubs in nearly 10,000 schools, the introduction of the BFI Film Audience Network, BFI Film Academy, and VOD platform BFI Player, which increased public access to the BFI National Archive with the digitisation of 10,000 of its unseen titles. It also supported British filmmakers including Ben Wheatley, Amma Asante and Ken Loach, whose I, Daniel Blake won the 2016 Palme d’Or at Cannes.
BFI2022 will focus on the future, rises to embrace and support the fast-evolving technological creative arena and the new post-referendum opportunities and challenges.
The plan is arranged in three sections – Future Talent, Future Learning & Skills and Future Audiences – underpinned by a wider interpretation of film to embrace new forms, a sustained commitment to diversity and a series of new initiatives devolving more decision-making and funding to create more opportunity across the English regions and the Nations.