The British Film Institute (BFI) has revealed its 10-year strategy to develop the film, television and other industries, such as games and interactive projects, with its Screen Culture 2033 vision.
The plans go until the charity’s centenary in 2033 and will effectively enhance the organization’s reach and influence.
BFI CEO Ben Roberts and President, Tim Richards, revealed the plans, as well as a new project; Three-year funding plan of 136 million pounds ($154.2 million).
“Although the first motion pictures were created over 100 years ago, screen culture is still young, dynamic and expanding,” BFI said. “Today offers a broader screen landscape that includes film, television, digital media, extended reality (XR) and video games. It has become the dominant medium for communication, information, and storytelling for Generation Z and beyond.”
The statement continued: “As an industry, the UK screen sector is also a large and rapidly growing employer with a wide range of skills to produce and distribute vibrant forms of entertainment to audiences in the UK and globally, making a significant contribution to the UK economy. Since the publication of the BFI 2022 strategy in The UK’s screen industries doubled in size in 2017. Spending on high-end film and television production in the UK alone (from £3.4 billion in 2017) increased to £5.6 billion (US$6.4 billion) last year and is expected to reach £7.3 billion (US$8.3 billion) by 2025.”
BFI has detailed six core themes of the Screen Culture 2033 plans. They include:
- Changing the institution’s relationship with audiences to eventually become an “open home for all to discover on-screen storytelling”.
- Participate further in the promotion of all screen-oriented industries.
- Develop and implement a screen archive facing the “most open world” future.
- Expand BFI’s reach and reach, primarily by offering cultural programming via the BFI+ broadcast service.
- Promoting and positively impacting more screen culture education in schools and building a “skilled and sustainable workforce that reflects the UK population” ready to increase employment opportunities in the sector.
- In addition, leveraging BFI’s National Lottery funding and policy development to navigate and identify areas in which sectors need support.
The organization said of the six-point plan, “To achieve all this, Baladna Food Industries will work to become more financially flexible in its approach, building on its charitable and commercial income.”
The BFI’s three-year National Lottery strategy will help determine where the charity will invest around £45 million ($51.4 million) annually in funding starting in 2023. The focus of the funding will be on filmmakers, skills development, education and innovation internationally. Work, audience development.
BFI stated that the guiding principles of the screen culture and the national lottery system are equality, diversity, inclusion and environmental sustainability.
“This new vision outlines how the UK’s leading organization of film and motion pictures will transform access to its unique and valuable collections, cultural and educational programmes, and use policy and research work, in tandem with BFI’s new National Lottery Strategy and Funding Scheme, to build a diverse and accessible screen culture. It benefits all of society and contributes to the UK’s thriving economy,” said BFI.