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.
From the BFI website today:
BFI proposal for a new film era in the UK
16 Dec 2010
We have announced measures to help us prepare for a new era for film in the UK, following the decision made by the Department for Culture Media and Sport to make the BFI the UK’s lead body for film. The proposals include an ambitious digital modernisation strategy, making the delivery of our services more efficient and a plan to grow income and increased free public access to the BFI Collections.
This is the critical first step for the BFI, as we adapt to a changed financial environment and position the organisation as the lead body for film in the UK. In this first phase, we are prioritising those activities that are core to the BFI, that are unique and that audiences most value.
Central to the strategy is continued investment in digital capability that will provide greater public access to the BFI’s film and knowledge collections and improved reach of its public programmes.
The BFI will build on its revenue-earning successes with a package of initiatives that includes a new Membership drive, introducing advertising opportunities onscreen and online, as well as an ambitious sponsorship and fundraising campaign. Additionally, brand new business opportunities are being developed to take advantage of the BFI’s expertise, skills and knowledge, through international partnerships and new digital business models.
The BFI’s long-standing, ambitious and successful drive to engage with more and different people is at the heart of a decision to relocate the BFI Library to BFI Southbank, where it can be tied more closely to growing audiences, the delivery of the cultural and education programmes and to the BFI Mediatheque. For dedicated researchers, a bespoke facility will be created at the BFI National Archive where the collections are physically held. A pioneering digital-on-demand service is also planned at BFI Southbank that will allow desktop delivery of the Collections. Over time, the ambition is to offer similar services at BFI Mediatheques around the UK.
These changes are being proposed against a backdrop of a 15% cut in our grant-in-aid over the next four years, successive years of zero increases in grant-in-aid funding and rising utilities and pension costs, which have created a widening gap in our budget. These new measures allow efficiencies, stimulate additional revenue and help us further reduce our reliance on public funding. Nevertheless, we anticipate the proposals will lead to a net reduction in our workforce of around 37 posts.
Amanda Nevill, 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.”
In tandem, we are also making ourselves ready for the transition of responsibilities from the UK Film Council and further structural changes may be made following the due diligence period. Early in the new year, we will advertise to recruit new Governing Board members to guide us through the transition period and beyond. At the same time, an outline transition timetable will be published.
At the core of the proposals are:
1) A plan to bring greater coherence to the cultural programme across the whole of the BFI, a move which will also reduce costs and create more incentives for fundraising and philanthropy. A new post of Director of BFI Public Programmes will lead a unified team of programmers across cinemas, festivals, distribution, digital and print.
2) An aim to further increase the number of people across the UK and internationally who can engage with the BFI’s public programme and film culture. Digital technologies will play a critical part in this and the BFI proposes renewing infrastructure and investing in new skills.
3) Closure of the BFI Gallery at BFI Southbank as part of the prioritisation on those activities that only the BFI can deliver.
4) A proposal to move the BFI Library and reading room from its current location and create new facilities at BFI Southbank in the space currently used for the BFI Gallery.
5) Establishing a bespoke research centre for academics, the film industry and researchers in the heart of the BFI National Archive at Berkhamsted.
6) A stringent review of procurement processes to achieve economies; reducing overheads by making savings in support costs; boosting new business through the development of commercial opportunities both within the UK and internationally; a drive to increase fundraising income and philanthropy.
The proposals are subject to a period of staff consultation as a number of posts will be put at risk of redundancy from the end of January 2011. If accepted, the proposals will start taking effect from April 2011.
From the Guardian yesterday:
BFI will distribute lottery money to film-makers, the culture minister Ed Vaizey announces
Mark Brown, Arts correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 29 November 2010 19.22 GMT
Since then, Vaizey has consulted widely and also announced today that he was setting up a ministerial film forum to meet every six months or so to debate issues and concerns.
Vaizey also announced that the eight regional screen agencies outside London would be streamlined into a single body, Creative England.