Department for Culture Media and Sport
On 1 April 2011, the British Film Institute (BFI) became the lead strategic body on film. Film London manages the UK’s national inward investment function for film.
The majority of DCMS funding for film is channelled through the British Film Institute (BFI) to promote UK film and as a Lottery distributor, helps fund the film industry.
Through its Film Fund, the BFI invests £15 million a year in the development and production of feature films. Its Prints and Advertising Fund supports the distribution of films that might not otherwise find a wide audience.
The BFI’s main objectives are to:
Film London manages the UK’s national inward investment function for film; this is done through the British Film Commission (BFC), who is responsible for promoting the UK as the best place to produce feature films.
Under the management of Film London and its Advisory Board, the BFC set the strategy, policy, and delivery objectives to bring vital investment to the UK through feature film production. The BFC are delivered through a public/private partnership with key film industry bodies including Pinewood Studios Group, UK Screen Association, and the Production Guild.
The BFC have strong links with the national agencies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to successfully promote the whole UK package.
We give the BFI responsibility to oversee its funded partners:
On 29 November 2010, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey announced that the English Regional Screen Agencies outside London will transform their network into Creative England, a simpler, more efficient structure with an expanded remit to support the creative industries across England.
Creative England will ensure an England-wide delivery network for film, whilst laying the foundations for a longer-term solution, connecting creative and digital SMEs with national and international markets, public and private funding.
The screen agencies will work together to recalibrate into the three hubs of Creative North, Creative Central and Creative South. We are now in discussion with the BFI and Creative England to agree a Film Strategy, and the first stage of the process will be an online public consultation into this strategy where we will invite views from the film industry across the UK.
The BFI awards £1.1million of Lottery money every year to enable First Light to work with filmmakers and organisations to give young people first-hand experience of filmmaking.