BFI investigates health of UK Independent Film

The BFI is launching a commission to look at the health of the UK’s independent film industry. The BFI commission will be chaired by Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK and Europe, who will examine and report on the current environment for UK independent film, inviting evidence and contributions from cross-industry specialists from the production, sales, distribution and exhibition sectors. Its conclusions will be published in Autumn 2017.

A wave of bold and adventurous filmmakers has led to a fresh cultural vibrancy in British independent cinema, most visibly evident on the international stage at the world’s leading film festivals, and with the increased level of film production activity in the UK.

However, the challenges facing independent UK film are more pronounced than ever. The commission will work closely with industry partners including PACT, UKCA, the FDA and other stakeholders, to explore how UK film might take advantage of creative and commercial opportunities in the changing landscape across film, TV and digital, and what else can be done to support the diversity and growth of the independent sector.

Josh Berger, BFI CEO said: “Film in the UK is booming and the role of the BFI is to ensure that independent film – the incubator of creativity – flourishes in this environment. That’s why we made a commitment to look at the health of independent film one of our first priorities in our five-year plan BFI2022. We look forward to hearing from a range of voices, drawing from their experience and expertise.”

Issue 84 – November 2017

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