BFI to promote TV and film education in schools and launch new streaming service

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced plans to promote film and television education in schools and launch the new BFI+ streaming service while unveiling a 10-year strategy and three-year funding plan.

Screen Culture 2033 launched in a virtual event on Friday with the goal of transforming the way people interact with the BFI and its programs and “building a diverse and accessible screen culture that benefits all of society and contributes to a global economy.” prosperous UK”.

The institute also detailed how it plans to invest the money it receives from the national lottery over the next three years, starting in April 2023.

The funding plan will run from 2023 to 2026 and will see the organization invest £136m, or around £45m a year.

Of these funds, £54m has been allocated to enable filmmakers to create original screen work and support talent development through the BFI Network.

Some £34.2m will also be invested in education and skills, including a funding program to educate teachers on how to use film and moving images in the classroom, as well as a careers and progression program to help children and young people to enter the industry.

BFI CEO Ben Roberts outlined six ambitions within the Screen Culture strategy.

Among them is BFI’s educational outreach; he wants cinema and television and their stories to be taught and used as a learning tool in the classroom.

“We hope that by supporting the positive effects of screen culture, it will, over time, increase its cultural, educational and social value to the public and policymakers,” said Mr. Roberts.

Another ambition is to promote a new narrative about video games among the public and within the government.

He said, “We’re very excited about the creative and cultural possibilities of video games, but we don’t currently have the necessary resources or in-house skills. So we will use the early years of our strategy to work with (the) gaming industry and build a clear case for support.”

Other main objectives within the BFI’s strategy include transforming its relationship with the public across the UK and establishing the BFI National Archives to make its collection accessible.

BFI Riverfront (Luke Hayes/RIBA/PA)

The institute also wants to be “digital first” in delivering cultural programs through BFI+ and drive growth and success within the industry by addressing market failures through funding schemes, policy and evidence.

Reflecting on the strategy, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said: “As the BFI looks towards its centenary, I am delighted to see that its vision is to open more of its collections, boost people’s skills and help generate growth in the UK’s cutting-edge industry”. and world-renowned display industries.

“For many people around the world, our television and cinema is our business card. At home, it creates jobs and helps us see and tell the stories of our lives.

“Together with our work in government, this long-term plan will help ensure the UK is a great place to make movies, TV and video games in the future.”

BFI Chairman Tim Richards added: “As a cultural charity, distributor of national lottery ‘good causes’ funds, we see the social benefits of screen culture and the vital contribution it makes to the UK economy. .

“The ambitions we unveiled at Screen Culture 2033, which will take the BFI into its centenary, and the BFI National Lottery Strategy aim to expand opportunities for creators, the public, educators and industry to ensure that the culture of display produced and consumed in the UK truly reflects our vibrant and diverse population.

“Our role in creating the right conditions for economic growth and cultural development and appreciation of UK film culture throughout our past, present and future has never been more important.”

The BFI 10 Year National Lottery Strategy 2023-2033 was developed over a period of 13 months in consultation with the public and those in the industry.

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