Update: BFI regional funding and new talent plans

Six BFI NETWORK talent executives will be appointed in English regional 'Hubs'.

26 January 2018

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Earthy Encounters, Sam Johnson (2017)
Earlier this week we annouced more on our plans to increase the role of the Film Audience Network (FAN) by devolving some talent scouting and funding decisions to local organisations. You can read more about the expanded role of FAN here.
 
What does this mean for new talent? 
 
As part of this, six BFI NETWORK talent executives will be appointed in the English regional ‘Hubs’ in a bid to give greater support to new talent wherever they live. The Hubs will be launching their recruitment drives for these positions in the coming weeks.
 
The Hubs that will house these execs are:
 
• Film Hub Midlands - led by Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham working in partnership with the Birmingham-based Flatpack
 
• Film Hub North - led collectively by Showroom Workstation, Sheffield, HOME, Manchester and Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
 
• Film Hub South East - led by the Independent Cinema Office in collaboration with Saffron Screen in Saffron Walden and The Depot in Lewes
 
• Film Hub South West - led by Watershed in Bristol
 
• Film Hub London - led by Film London
 
Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund, has said: Central to BFI2022 is the cultivation of a richer diversity of those who are watching and making films in the UK. In BFI FAN we have a thriving network of audiences, curators and filmmakers, reaching across the whole of the UK and through all types of cultural spaces – from multiplexes through to film clubs – so by embedding a mission to develop film talent within it, we can offer an inspiring and inclusive environment where creativity can thrive. 
 
Got Questions? 
 
If you want to know more about what this means for new talent activity, and how it will affect you, then you can ask us questions on Twitter using the hashtag #asknetwork, or via email on bfinetwork@bfi.org.uk. We’ll be answering them next week, so watch this space.