The BFI has unveiled “Screen Culture 2033”, a 10-year strategy based on a new vision to benefit film, TV and other audiences and industries through its landmark centenary in 2033, including broadening the organisation’s focus to “vindicate the value of screen culture, including video games and interactive works”. The entire spectrum, as well as championing screen culture in the school curriculum.
The charity outlined a three-year £136 million ($154.2 million) funding plan.
“Although the first moving images were created over 100 years ago, screen culture is young, dynamic and expanding,” said the BFI. “Today it presents a broad screen landscape that includes film, television, digital media, augmented reality (XR) and video games. It is a powerful means of communication, information and storytelling for Gen Z and beyond.
It added: “As an industry, the UK screen sector is a large and fast-growing employer combining a large range of skills to produce and deliver exciting forms of entertainment to UK and international audiences, making a significant contribution to the UK economy. Since the publication of the BFI 2022 strategy in 2017, the UK’s screen industries have doubled in size. UK Spending on film and high-end television production increased to £5.6 billion ($6.4 billion) last year (from £3.4 billion in 2017) and is projected to reach £7.3 billion ($8.3 billion) by 2025.
BFI chairman Tim Richards and CEO Ben Roberts unveiled the new strategy and financial plans on Friday. “This new vision shows how the UK’s leading institution for film and moving image will transform access to its unique and valuable collections, cultural and education programmes, and harnesses policy and research work with the new BFI National Lottery strategy and funding scheme. All benefit society and contribute to a diverse UK economy.” and to build an accessible screen culture,” the BFI said.
Screen Culture 2033 lists six key ambitions for the BFI. These include: transforming its relationship with audiences across the UK and becoming an “open house for all to explore on-screen storytelling;” advocating the value of the full breadth of screen culture, including games and interactive work; “Creating the screen archive of the future, the most open in the world;” “Digital-first” in delivering cultural programs through the organization’s streaming service, BFI+, and expanding its reach and access to all; championing screen culture in the school curriculum and “building a skilled and sustainable workforce that reflects the UK population;” and the BFI’s National Lottery Fund in delivering public benefits, identifying where the sector needs support through policy work and evidence.
“To achieve all this, the BFI will work to be more financially resilient in its approach, building on its charitable and commercial income,” the organization said.
The BFI’s new National Lottery funding plan will start in April 2023 and cover the first three years of the strategy. “Subsequent funding schemes will enable the BFI to respond to a dynamic and rapidly growing sector and to adapt funds and programs as screen culture evolves,” it said.
Focusing on the goals set out in Screen Culture 2033, the BFI’s National Lottery Strategy for the first three years starting in 2023 will guide how the organization invests approximately £45 million ($51.4 million) a year of UK National Lottery funding. Reserved for “good reasons”. The BFi’s priorities here are £54.0 million ($61.3 million) for filmmakers, £34.2 million ($38.8 million) for education and skills, £27.6 million ($31.3 million) for audience development, £10.0 million ($11.4 million) for “Screen Her Itage” and “Innovation and £7.3 million ($8.3 million) for business services” and £3.2 million ($3.6 million) for international activity.
“We already generate self-generated income, receiving generous support from donors and through grants from philanthropy and government,” says Roberts. THR. “However, to deliver on our vision to support the growth and development of screen culture and industry, we need to grow the revenue we generate.” He adds: “Sector and government buy-in have been key to how we have been able to actively support the sector on its path to recovery from the pandemic. How the BFI supports new areas of screen culture and where it makes sense for us to play a more active role, for example their purchase is key in making the cultural and social role of video. Games in Society.”
Roberts also emphasizes: “We are aiming for 10 percent revenue growth over the next three years, which will require us to develop a more commercial spirit, be more entrepreneurial, expand and forge new partnerships. Bringing back BFI Imax (Cinema) to our offer can be seen as a step in that direction, because We look to diversify our audience, bringing people to us as they experience their screen culture.
At the heart of BFI Fridays is Screen Culture 2033 and its National Lottery strategy is guided by three key principles: equity, diversity and inclusion; UK-wide focus; and environmental sustainability.