Talent from under-represented groups to benefit from ScreenSkills-funded mentoring

More than 250 people from groups currently under-represented in the screen industries and working in areas of skills shortage are to be supported with mentoring thanks to £130,375 of funding from ScreenSkills. Ten partnerships with other screen-related bodies will provide the mentoring opportunities as part of the ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme which is supported by the … Read more

Restart Scheme Film and TV production hits £1.9bn spend this year

More than 600 feature films and television productions have gone into production in the UK since the scheme was announced in July last year as the industry has moved into pandemic recovery thanks to the Government funded Film and TV Production Restart Scheme. The scheme was launched by the Government backed by £500m to support … Read more

Rise secures funding from ScreenSkills to add a new mentoring programme

Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for women in the broadcast media technology sector, has announced the launch of its second UK mentoring programme in 2021, the ScreenSkills Rise Mentoring Programme for women working across the sector, after securing funding from ScreenSkills.  This programme, supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using … Read more

BFI Southbank announces programme for September and October

BFI Southbank has unveiled a packed programme for September and early October, beginning with a retrospective of Denis Villeneuve. Ahead of the 21 October UK release of the director’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic adventure Dune (2021), this season offers audiences a chance to familiarise themselves with Villeneuve’s bold filmography, from early arthouse favourites to … Read more

BFI Southbank marks 50th anniversary of the National Film and Television School with ‘NFTS at 50’ season

For half a century the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has trained some of the world’s best filmmakers. To celebrate the School’s 50th anniversary, BFI Southbank will be showcasing work from some of their best-known alumni with a celebratory ‘NFTS at 50’ season running from 1 September – 5 October, featuring seminal films by alumnus followed by Q&As with the directors. … Read more

ScreenSkills announces that UK film production contributed £475,000 to training in 2020/21

Film productions in the UK contributed just under £475,000 towards skills and training for nearly 450 new entrants and existing film workforce in the last financial year despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Productions including Jurassic World: Dominion, The Fantastic Flitcrofts and Mothering Sunday were among 34 productions which paid £474,337.33 into the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund to support developing and retaining the skilled workforce who are the foundation … Read more

BFI and DCMS support UK sales companies at Cannes in first awards from UK Global Screen Fund

The BFI has kicked off the UK Global Screen Fund with two early awards to support UK features in the Official Selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The first tranche of money from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) funded £7m pot is being allocated through the fund’s international distribution strand, designed to … Read more

Key European film organisations join forces in new anti-racism task force

In the Summer of 2020, a group of European film industry professionals gathered to form ARTEF, the Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film. Engaging over thirty organisations, their first step was an awareness training programme lead by Dr Emilia Roig, trainer, author, and founder of the Centre for Intersectional Justice in Berlin. The workshop encounters lasted … Read more

BFI launches nationwide review to boost skills across UK

The BFI is undertaking a major strategic skills review on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The review will be conducted in close collaboration with the industry-led skills body ScreenSkills, national and regional screen agencies, trade bodies, unions and leading industry figures. The UK Skills Review is aimed at sharing … Read more

BFI ‘Woman With A Movie Camera’ summit taking place online this July

The annual summit returns for a special online edition from 17-18 July 2021, this year powered by Jaguar UK. Reflecting on the past year, this year’s programme of more than 20 panels, discussions and Q&As will focus on revitalisation and rebuilding, as well as upskilling and throwing open film and TV industry doors. A weekend … Read more

BFI appoints Denitsa Yordanova as head of UK Global Screen Fund

The BFI has announced Denitsa Yordanova as the new head of the recently launched UK Global Screen Fund. Starting on 12 July, Denitsa will lead the UK Global Screen Fund team in promoting, delivering and growing the pilot fund, engaging with industry across the UK to support independent screen content to compete effectively in the international … Read more

Register now for ‘NFTS Backstories – Charlotte Bruus Christensen: Visualising A Quiet Place‘ webinar

In this webinar Duncan Bruce will be chatting to Charlotte Bruus Christensen ASC. Christensen’s work on films such as Far From the Madding Crowd, Fences and A Quiet Place have won her a acclaim and most recently she ventured into directing with Black Narcissus. British Cinematographer spoke to Charlotte Bruus Christensen for her work on … Read more

BFI National Archive partners with Iron Mountain to restore silent Sherlock Holmes film series from 1920s

The BFI National Archive and Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES), a division of Iron Mountain Incorporated, the global leader in innovative storage and information management services, announce a major new restoration project to fully restore all of the 1920s silent Stoll Sherlock Holmes film series starring Eille Norwood as the famous sleuth, currently held at the BFI Master Film Store in Warwickshire. This … Read more

BFI London Film Festival announces dual London cultural hubs on the Southbank and in the West End

The 2021 edition sees a new partnership with the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, while UK-wide screenings return with venue partners across the country and virtual premieres return to BFI Player. The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has today announced a new structure for this year’s edition. Alongside flagship venue BFI Southbank, a … Read more

ScreenSkills research shows COVID created opportunities for positive change that should not be missed

The screen industries believe there are opportunities created by the coronavirus pandemic to make lasting positive change that should not be missed, according to new research. Views on remote working, technological change and environmental sustainability were all explored in the ScreenSkills Assessment 2021, supported by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of the … Read more

NFTS graduates class of 2021 and hosts a successful showcase week

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) Graduation Showcase, supported by BBC Studios is an annual celebration of the past 12 months of graduate productions. Produced and delivered during the pandemic, each and every project premiered is the result of sheer hard work and determination, made amidst challenging circumstances. As government restrictions ease, the NFTS was the first UK film school to host an … Read more

BFI and Doc Society launch Ripple Effect Fund

The BFI Doc Society Ripple Effect Fund is a new National Lottery funded initiative that enables and empowers communities, networks and organisations to build their own inclusive vision for the independent UK documentary sector from the ground up. If you have new and collaborative ideas to support underrepresented documentary storytellers, to reach diverse audiences or … Read more

Small Axe wins five BAFTA TV Craft Awards including photography

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners the British Academy Television Craft Awards, celebrating the very best behind-the-scenes television talent of 2020. The ceremony, broadcast on BAFTA’s YouTube and Facebook channels, was hosted by Gbemisola Ikumelo, co-written by Ikumelo and Akemnji Ndifornyen, and featured guest presenters including Annie Wallace, … Read more

Pinewood Studios supports youth employment scheme Kickstart

The work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey and minister for employment Mims Davies MP recently visited Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, to officially launch the Pinewood Group’s Kickstart Scheme, and meet one of the eight participants who will join them on a six-month long placement. The Kickstart Scheme is a government initiative aimed at … Read more

BFI appoints Harriet Finney as deputy CEO

The BFI has announced that Harriet Finney has been appointed BFI deputy CEO and executive director of the newly formed corporate and industry affairs team. Working closely alongside BFI chief executive Ben Roberts, Harriet will be focused on strategic leadership of the BFI’s work with stakeholders from the cultural sector, industry and government to advance … Read more