BFI Consultation Roadshows (30 Jun)

Posted: 2nd June 2016

The BFI is at the heart of film in the UK with a network of partners and alliances, filmmakers and audiences, educators and learners that together create an environment where film and the moving image can flourish both culturally and economically.

The BFI’s direction is informed through regular consultations, including nine roadshows across the UK this summer and an online consultation to help them set their strategy for 2017-2022. The Newcastle roadshow will take place on Thursday 30 June.

Their current plan Film Forever comes to an end in March 2017 and as they develop their priorities for the new strategy they want to hear how they can support your work, what issues and priorities are important to you and how the BFI can make a difference.

At the consultation events you can meet the BFI teams working on the plan and discuss the core elements and themes that underpin our work. In Film Forever, BFI activity was focussed around three strategic priorities:

  • Education and audiences
  • Heritage
  • Supporting the future success of British film

These core priorities will remain, but the themes and ideas that support them may be different. BFI wants to hear your views on what is important now.

  • What does the word film mean today? What role, if any, should the BFI take in TV, video games, interactive media, virtual reality and online content?
  • Diversity and opportunity are intertwined – talent is everywhere, opportunity isn’t. Without diversity, our creative industries will not reach their full potential. How do we ensure that our activities and our programmes are open to all?
  • How do we ensure growth of the screen industries, and screen culture, across the UK? How can this help solve the shortages of studio capacity and skilled workforces in the UK industry?
  • The culture and heritage of film and screen is as important as its economic potential, and is the real bedrock of creativity. How do we inspire people to engage more with film and the moving image?

This roadshow is your chance to be part of the debate and make sure you let the BFI have your views. Everyone is welcome but places are limited so please book early.

Joining in the debate: how the roadshows work

At each roadshow there will be a brief overview of what we have been doing as part of Film Forever along with a national or regional snapshot of our local activity and support. This will be followed by a general panel and audience discussion centred on the key themes noted above, your priorities and how you want the BFI to make a difference. You will then have a choice to explore key priorities in greater detail through a choice of two of the following workshops:

  • Education led by BFI Director of Education, Dr Paul Gerhardt
  • Audiences led by BFI Head of UK-wide Audiences, Ben Luxford
  • Heritage led by BFI Creative Director, Heather Stewart
  • Supporting the future success of British film led by BFI Director of Film Fund, Ben Roberts

When: Thursday 30 June, 12.30pm – 5.00pm

Where: Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

Please click here to register.


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