BFI Film Forever: One Year On London Roadshow


Monday, 20 January 2014 from 11:00 to 17:30 (GMT) @ BFI

Following the launch of  our five-year strategy for supporting UK film –  Film Forever – one year ago, we undertook a series of roadshows to discuss our plans for delivering it. Twelve months on, we hosted a new series of UK-wide roadshows to report back on our progress, to introduce new partners and to discuss our work and new funding programmes in greater detail.

The London BFI Roadshow is the culmination of this eleven-city tour and offers an additional session with a keynote address and a special plenary session on ‘Year of the Horse – China and UK film’s international focus’. You can also meet the BFI teams working on the plan along with many of our key delivery partners at a series of practical workshops covering Education, Audiences, the opportunities and challenges for funding films, Archives, the BFI Film Fund, Creative Europe and qualifying as British to access tax reliefs, as well as the launch of BFI Player. Our partners at the London roadshow include FILM NATION UK, Film London, Creative England, Creative Skillset and the Film Audience Network. As well as attending the special keynote and plenary session in the morning, you have the option of choosing two different workshop sessions in the afternoon (see below for more details on the workshops’ content).

To book, please register first using the green tab above. You will then be offered a choice of two workshops to attend in addition to the main plenary session.

11.00    Registration
11.30    Welcome, keynote and plenary session: Year of the Horse – China and UK film’s international focus, Q+A
12.40    Networking lunch
13:10    Workshop session 1
14:40    Tea and coffee break
15:00    Workshop session 2
16.30    Networking refreshments
17:30    Event ENDS

Workshop information

Audiences: Eddie Berg, BFI Director of Partnerships
Boosting Audience Choice: Schemes to extend the reach, breadth and depth of UK independent and specialised cinema across the UK
Film Forever set out four new schemes to boost audience choice: the BFI Film Audience Network; Film Festivals Fund; Programming Development Fund and BFI Neighbourhood. This session provides an update on the available funding and priorities for each of the schemes including details of BFI Neighbourhood which launched last autumn. Hear from partner organisations on their plans to deliver the BFI Film Audience Network in this region. We’re keen to get your feedback on how we can improve and strengthen our plans.

Education: Dr Paul Gerhardt, BFI Director of Education and Nikki Christie, BFI Head of ESRD Partnerships
Expanding education and learning opportunities
In autumn 2012 Film Forever set out a new focus and ambition for film education across the UK. One year on Paul Gerhardt and Nikki Christie are reporting back on the first phase of the new Film Academy network (which identifies and develops young talent), the forthcoming launch of FILM NATION UK (bringing film and moving image resources to all 5 to 19 year olds), and inviting contributions to a comprehensive new strategy for all age groups, which will draw on all of the BFI’s resources. They will be joined by members of the FILM NATION UK team and Creative Skillset.

Lottery Film Funding: Ben Roberts, BFI Director of Lottery Film Fund and Will Evans, BFI Head of Business Affairs
Addressing the opportunities and challenges for funding films
Your chance to put questions to Ben Roberts and Will Evans on any matters relating to the Lottery funding for film development, production and distribution.

Film Fund: Senior Executive, BFI Lottery Film Fund
Supporting the future success of British film
With over £26m to invest in 2013–14, the BFI Film Fund is the UK’s largest public investor in film – supporting first-class film-making through development and production, to distribution and international sales. Members of the Film Fund team will outline the core principles of the Lottery Film Fund, as well as updating on the first year of Film Forever and a look ahead to their key activity in 2014. This will include the flagship talent development programme NET.WORK with an annual budget of £3m for new and emerging UK writers, directors and producers where they will be joined by the key regional partners who are delivering NET.WORK – Film London and Creative England.

Archive: Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director
Unlocking film heritage for everyone to enjoy
BFI plans are well underway to digitise 5,000 titles from the BFI National Archive and 5,000 from the UK’s significant collections held in public film archives and to make them available across as broad a range of platforms as possible. The initiatives include an advisory group to develop a thematic framework for the digitisation programme, awards of up to £40k for archives to prepare material for selection, new cataloguing and digital preservation infrastructure projects, and the launch of BFI Player, a Video on Demand platform offering access to digitised films from the programme. Come to this workshop to hear more about these plans and to discuss models for public engagement and selection of heritage to be digitised.

Creative Europe: Agnieszka Moody, Director MEDIA Desk UK
Creative Europe is the new European Union funding programme for audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors. It builds on the success of the existing MEDIA and Culture Programmes. The first Creative Europe funding schemes have just been launched. Agnieszka Moody will present support that is available through the MEDIA Sub-programme of Creative Europe to independent producers, including development funding for single project and slates of projects as well as support for internationally produced TV programmes.

Certification: Anna Mansi, BFI Certification Manager
The Certification Unit is the first point of contact for producers wanting to qualify their film, High-end television or animation programmes as British and access the UK’s Creative Sector tax reliefs. The unit offers advice on qualification under the Film, Animation and High-end television Cultural Tests, the UK’s Co-production Agreements and the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. The unit will also be responsible for the Video Games Cultural test and qualification process which is currently pending approval from the European Commission. Anna Mansi will present a session on the qualification procedures for the new creative sector tax reliefs.

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