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

BFI 2020 statistics reveal £2.84bn film and high-end TV production spend in the UK after months of suspended production

Official figures published by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit reveal strong signs of economic recovery in UK film and high-end TV (HETV) production following months of suspended filming in the wake of the pandemic. The final three months have recorded a £1.19 billion spend in the final quarter of 2020, the second highest spend … Read more

BFI Future Film Festival announces 2021 film programme, awards jury and nominees

The BFI has announced the programme of 45 short films that have been selected to screen in the 14th edition of the BFI Future Film Festival, which will take place online from 18-21 February 2021. The films, which will all be available to watch for free on BFI Player during the Festival (UK only), are … Read more

BFI Cultural Programme highlights

The BFI’s online programme includes new releases, classic films and film festivals to rent or subscribe to on BFI Player as well as a free virtual events programme on BFI YouTube. Highlights will include two subscription exclusives on BFI Player – THE STREET (Zed Nelson, 2019) and LOVE CHILD (Eva Mulvad, Lea Glob, 2019) as … Read more

BFI Future Film Festival announces 2021 dates

The BFI Future Film Festival has confirmed the dates for the event’s 14th edition, which will take place online from 18-21 February 2021. This year’s festival, which is aimed at aspiring filmmakers aged 16-25, will be free of charge, enabling young people from every corner of the UK, and across the world, to benefit from … Read more

Mark Jenkin / Bait

Hooked! Mark Jenkin / Bait Hooked! Mark Jenkin / Bait Captured on Kodak B&W 16mm film, director Mark Jenkin’s unique, ultra-low budget movie, Bait (2019), released in the UK by the BFI (British Film Institute), earned widespread critical acclaim, multiple awards and turned in impressive results at the box office. Here the director shares details … Read more

New Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund set up

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community, which like many industries, has been devastated by the pandemic. Established with a £1m donation from Netflix, the new Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund will … Read more

Ari Wegner ACS / In Fabric

Blood Red Ari Wegner ACS / In Fabric Blood Red Ari Wegner ACS / In Fabric BY: Ron Prince Presented as a distorted, hyper-real vision of Britain in the 1970s, director Peter Strickland portrays the zombifying effects of consumerism in his most recent feature, In Fabric, in which a cursed, blood-red dress brings devastating consequences … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Under A Bushel”

Under A Bushel President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Under A Bushel President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC “Serious shortage of people doing ‘proper jobs’ on film sets.” “Streaming could kill the UK independent film industry.” Those two headlines, both seen within weeks of each other earlier this year, were eye-catching and not a little … Read more

Adam Etherington on shooting Gwen

DP Adam Etherington contacted British Cinematographer Magazine, with details about Gwen, released in cinemas on 19th July. In the stark beauty of 19th century Snowdonia a young girl, Gwen, tries desperately to hold her home together. Struggling with her mother’s mysterious illness, her father’s absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, a … Read more

Nina Kellgren BSC

Eyes wide open Clapperboard / Nina Kellgren BSC Eyes wide open Clapperboard / Nina Kellgren BSC BY: Valentina Valentini Lead image: Up on the crane during the shoot of Solomon & Gaenor Nina Kellgren BSC was recently named most prolific female cinematographer by the British Film Institute. Though this was not the path she thought … Read more

ScreenSkills is born and launches ‘Giving Back’ initiative

Creative Skillset has adopted a new name, ScreenSkills, to more clearly reflect the work they do delivering a skilled workforce for the UK’s screen industries – film, television, animation, VFX (visual effects) and games. The new identity is launched with an initiative, Giving Back, which calls on the industry to play its part in ensuring … Read more

Record-Breaking Year For International Film And TV Production In The UK

Record-breaking figures released at the end of January 2018 highlight the strength and creativity of the UK’s film and high-end TV industries, with inward investment spend from major international productions topping £2.37 billion ($3.35 billion). Many of the titles, including Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom, Trust, The Outlaw King and Wes Anderson’s animated feature Isle … Read more

Creative Skillset to deliver BFI’s Future Film Skills programme

The BFI recently announced that the UK’s industry skills body, Creative Skillset, will deliver the majority of the BFI’s Future Film Skills Programme, a key strategic priority of BFI2022, the five-year plan for UK film. The award endorses Creative Skillset’s recent shift to concentrate entirely on skills across the UK’s screen-based creative industries. As part … Read more

New BFI Filmography Reveals Story of UK Film from 1911–2017

The BFI recently launched the BFI Filmography, the world’s first complete and accurate living record of UK cinema. A treasure trove of new information, the BFI Filmography is an ever-expanding record that draws on credits from over 10,000 films, from the first UK film released in cinemas in 1911 through to present day, and charts … Read more

Reel Angels are on a determined diversity mission

Diversity in film and TV has been in the spotlight for several years, especially women working behind the camera. Salford and London-based crewing agency, Reel Angels, was established by freelancer Lulu Elliott, to promote diversity and support women working in technical side of film and TV. The agency’s roster includes DPs, camera ops, focus pullers, … Read more

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, … Read more

Paul Greengrass to receive BFI Fellowship

The BFI and BFI London Film Festival will honour British film director, producer, screenwriter and former broadcast journalist, Paul Greengrass, with Fellowship of the BFI. The presentation will take place at the BFI London Film Festival’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday 14th October. Greengrass, whose Captain Phillips (DP Barry Ackroyd) opened the 2013 BFI London … Read more

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