New BFI Southbank season celebrates the joy of the big screen with movies handpicked by filmmakers

With just one week to go until cinemas across the country are able to reopen, BFI Southbank’s new season ‘Dream Palace: Movies Made for the Big Screen’ is the perfect programme to get audiences excited about returning to cinemas. The season is inspired by the ongoing Sight & Sound editorial campaign ‘My Dream Palace’, which sees … Read more

The BFI and IWC Schaffhausen announce the return of IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award

The BFI and IWC Schaffhausen has announced that the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI returns in 2021 with a strong focus on representation and inclusion. For the first time, all films applying for the Bursary Award will have to meet the BFI Diversity Standards. With this step, the BFI and IWC … Read more

Book now for ScreenSkills’ Industry State of Play assessment

Two years after the publication of its first iteration, the ScreenSkills Assessment 2021 aims to provide a snapshot of skills issues affecting the UK screen industries and related potential solutions. During this online event, they will present the results of industry research looking at the period from January 2020 to January 2021, a time dominated by … Read more

The VFX & Post Talent Agency add six to roster

The VFX & Post Talent Agency, which launched at the end of last year, has announced six new members to its roster of top VFX and post production talent. Strengthening the agency’s team, the new additions are: VFX supervisors Stephen Coren (Discovery of Witches S2, Bad Wolf / Sky) and James Mac (Ted Lasso, Apple TV+ / Warner Bros, … Read more

ScreenSkills Mentoring Network to award £130,000 for mentoring programmes

The ScreenSkills Mentoring Network is applying the lessons of lockdown communication to new collaborations by encouraging organisations to facilitate more inclusive mentoring partnerships. This has been made possible through use of virtual meetings over the past year. Just over £130,000 is being made available to support new mentoring partners to reach under-represented groups with a … Read more

ScreenSkills launches free online module to tackle unconscious bias

This online module from ScreenSkills is designed to help you understand what unconscious bias is, how it might manifest itself at work and how to challenge your assumptions to promote greater diversity and inclusion. People working in the screen industries are in the privileged position of making content that reflects the experiences and shapes the … Read more

DCMS and BFI launch UK Global Screen Fund to boost global exports of UK content

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the BFI have announced the launch of the UK Global Screen Fund, a one-year pilot fund designed to boost international development and distribution opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector. The new £7 million fund will target support across the screen sector including film, TV, … Read more

BFI appoints Mia Bays as director of BFI Film Fund

The BFI has announced Mia Bays as the new Director of BFI Film Fund for an initial three-year term. In this role Bays will lead the strategic and cultural direction of the BFI’s investment of National Lottery funds into supporting UK feature film production – which at approximately £30m a year represents the largest public … Read more

BFI Southbank confirms forthcoming programme ahead of 17 May reopening date

The BFI has announced that BFI Southbank will reopen on 17 May, with a programme celebrating the unadulterated joy of the big screen experience. During the latest lockdown, BFI Southbank’s largest cinema, NFT1, has undergone improvements including a new projector and a new sound system, so that audiences’ return to cinemas will feel even more enjoyable after … Read more

Producer and director Daniel Dempster praises his ScreenSkills bursary

With credits on shows made by some of the UK’s leading independent production companies, producer and director Daniel Dempster is achieving big. A ScreenSkills bursary helped him progress even further. Daniel’s repertoire extends all realms of the film and television industry,  from The Rap Game and First Dates to SAS: Who Dares Wins to Come Dine With Me. He was helped … Read more

UK Muslim Film charity launches to challenge Muslim representation on screen

UK Muslim Film, launched at a recent BFI event, will advise the entertainment industry on how to better represent Muslims in film and television. With the aim to challenge stereotypes, the charity will support, nurture and finance projects from emerging storytellers and be a bastion for authentic Muslim representation. Sajid Varda, the charity’s founder and CEO, first … Read more

Screen industries unite to tackle bullying, harassment, and racism

The BFI and BAFTA have announced the next stage of ground-breaking work to tackle bullying, harassment and racism in the workplace with a new employer Action List for the film and television industry, as The Film and TV Charity launches new services, providing immediate support for workers. The announcement comes as Equality and Human Rights … Read more

ScreenSkills launches Film Forward programme for BAME film professionals

ScreenSkills has launched a new programme designed to support change in the UK film industry by helping upcoming productions extend their talent network of experienced Black, Asian or minority ethnic professionals ready for the next stage in their career. Film Forward will match film professionals who have at least five years’ experience in a variety of below-the-line roles with … Read more

More than £18 million awarded in final grants from first round of Culture Recovery Fund

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the final awards to be allocated from the first round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, build on over £1 billion … Read more

BFI Future Film Festival announces award winners

The 14th edition of the BFI Future Film Festival came to a close with the winners of the BFI Future Film Festival Awards, supported by Netflix, being announced at a virtual awards ceremony. Talented young filmmakers aged 16-25 that took home prizes include Rory Wilson (Best Film for LOCO), Gustavo Gamero (Best Director for INSTRUCTIONS … Read more

Market Report: Cinema

Screen Burn For around half its life the cinema has faced a series of rivals that have threatened its existence. TV in the ‘50s, the ‘80s home video boom and, most recently, the streaming revolution. Each time it has managed to adapt or even reinvent itself to survive by offering new technologies or changing its … Read more

NFTS and BFI education partnership announced to further diversity and inclusion within the industry

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has announced a major new partnership with the BFI to deliver a programme of activity that aims to increase access to world class industry education. The Early Stage Access and Diversity Accelerator Programme, which is supported by the BFI through National Lottery funding, will help ensure the UK … Read more