The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced plans to promote film and television education in schools and launch the new BFI + streaming service, unveiling a ten-year strategy and three-year funding plan.
Screen Culture 2033 was launched in a virtual event on Friday with the aim 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 prosperous UK economy “.
The institute also outlined 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 £ 136 million, or around £ 45 million per year.
From these funds, £ 54 million has been allocated so that filmmakers can create original film works and support talent development through the BFI network.
Approximately £ 34.2 million will also be invested in education and skills, including a funding program to educate teachers on how to use motion pictures and films in the classroom, as well as a career and advancement program to help children and young people enter in the field.
BFI CEO Ben Roberts outlined six ambitions within the Screen Culture strategy.
Among these is BFI education awareness; he wants movies and TV and their stories to be taught and used as learning tools in classrooms.
“We hope that by endorsing the positive effects of film culture, its cultural, educational and social value will increase over time for audiences and policy makers,” said Roberts.
Another ambition is to promote a new narrative about video games among the public and within the government.
He said: “We are extremely excited about the creative and cultural possibilities of video games, but at the moment we don’t have the necessary resources or in-house skills. So we will use the first few years of our strategy to work with (the) video game industry and build a clear support case. “
Other key objectives within the BFI’s strategy include transforming its relationship with the public across the UK and creating the BFI National Archive to make its collection accessible.
The institute also wants to be “digital-first” in offering cultural programs through BFI + and driving growth and success in the industry by addressing market failures through funding schemes, policies and trials.
Reflecting on the strategy, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said, “As the BFI looks to its centenary, I am delighted to see its vision is to open more collections, increase people’s skills and help generate growth in the global industry. leading edge of the UK and world-renowned display industries.
“For many people around the world, our TV and movies are our calling card. At home it creates jobs and helps us see and tell the stories of our life.
“In addition to our work in the government, this long-term plan will help ensure that the UK is a great place to make films, television and video games in the future.”
BFI President Tim Richards added: “As a cultural charity, distributor of funding for a good national lottery cause, we see the social benefits of film culture and the vital contribution it makes to the UK economy.
“The ambitions we showcase in Screen Culture 2033 – which will bring the BFI to its centenary – and the BFI national lottery strategy aim to expand opportunities for creators, audiences, educators and industry to ensure that film culture produced and consumed in the UK both truly reflects our vibrant and diverse population.
“Our role in creating the right conditions for economic growth, cultural development and appreciation of UK film culture in our past, present and future has never been more important.”
The BFI 2023-2033 10-year National Lottery Strategy was developed over a 13-month period in consultation with the public and individuals in the industry.