Issue 4 of the BFI’s New Era for Film transition newsletter circulated today details the new work activity, the new departments and their location. To access PDF click below.
The second issue of the BFI/UKFC transfer newsletter was circulated to staff yesterday. To access PDF, click below.
From 4rfv.co.uk today:
|UK Film Transfers In April: Vaizey|
|Specific dates for the British Film Institute and UK Film Council’s transfer dates have been announced.
From 1 April, the British Film Institute (BFI) will be appointed Lottery distributor for film, creative industries, the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced.
Speaking at the recent British Screen Advisory Council Annual Film Conference, Mr Vaizey praised the work of the BFI, the UK Film Council and Film London for their work to ensure the transfer can take place the first day of the new financial year.
Based on current expectations, following the transfer the UK Film Council will close on 1 July.
Certification will also transfer to the BFI on 1 April, whilst the office of the British Commissioner will transfer to Film London.
Mr Vaizey said the Government is “absolutely committed” to continue supporting the British film industry, including through increasing the share of Lottery proceeds in film to 60% from £27M a year currently, to around £43m by 2014.
Mr Vaizey also spoke about the forthcoming film policy review, which will look at improving the sustainability of the industry.
“We need to continue to engage with the industry on how the Lottery distribution and recoupment policy can better contribute to support the indigenous industry.
“I want to work closely with the industry on this, which is why I’ve established a Ministerial forum to stimulate dialogue and consider key concerns,” he said.
During the speech Mr Vaizey also praised the many nominations for British films at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars this year and highlighted innovative collaborations between film and other sectors, including cinemas opening their screens to live content such as opera.
The BFI has set up a newsletter on its website for the transition of UKFC responsibilities to the institute.
From the Guardian today:
BFI to cut 37 jobs and close gallery
British Film Institute announces cost-cutting measures alongside plans to relocate library and enhance digital strategy
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 16 December 2010 14.52 GMT
Substantial job cuts, the closure of the BFI Southbank art gallery, and the relocation of the BFI library, were among measures announced today as part of the shakeup of the British Film Institute. The body is juggling both a 15% cut in its grant over the next four years, and the prospect of absorbing the majority of duties previously performed by the recently axed UK Film Council.
The redundancies of an estimated 37 people are part of a cost-cutting drive the BFI today ascribed to the decreased government grant, “successive years of zero increases in grant-in-aid funding and rising utilities and pension costs”. The closure of the gallery, which holds exhibitions of cinema-related artwork, was said to be part of an initiative to have the BFI concentrate on services it is uniquely placed to deliver.
These measures comes alongside an enhanced digital strategy, also announced today, which aims to generate revenue and improve access to the BFI’s substantial archive. There will also be a new membership drive and the BFI library, currently housed near Tottenham Court Road, will be transferred to the main Southbank site. A digital-on-demand service is also planned, as is the appointment of a director of BFI public programmes, who will be tasked with further integration of the BFI’s theatrical, distribution, digital and print activities.
Amanda Nevill, the director of the BFI, said: “It is imperative the BFI builds on its successes and remains commercially astute in this tough new environment. We have an incredible opportunity in the months and years ahead to create something very special for film in the UK and these proposals are both bold and necessary.”
Early in the new year, the BFI will advertise to recruit new governing board members to ease the transition period for the assumption of the UK Film Council’s duties.