Children could be taught film and TV in schools as BFI reveals plans and launches new streaming service

BFI unveils 10-year plan

The organisation is developing a programme for teachers (Picture: Getty)

The British Film Institute (BFI) has announced plans to encourage film and TV education in schools and launch new streaming service BFI+.

Screen Culture 2033, its 10-year strategy, was launched at a virtual event on Friday and aims to transform how people engage with the BFI and its programmes and ‘build a diverse and accessible screen culture that benefits all of society’.

The institute also outlined how it plans to invest the £136 million it receives from the national lottery over the next three years, starting from April 2023.

From these funds, £54 million has been allocated so filmmakers can create original screen work and to support talent development through the BFI Network.

Some £34.2 million will then be invested into education and skills, including a programme to educate teachers on how to use film and moving images in the classroom, as well as a careers and progression programme to help children and young people enter the industry.

BFI chief executive Ben Roberts outlined six ambitions within the Screen Culture strategy.

BFI CEO Ben Robers unveiled Screen Culture 2033 on Friday, the organisation’s 10-year strategy (Picture: Getty)

A careers and progression programme, as well teaching users TV and film material in their lessons, is planned for (Picture: Getty Images/Westend61)

Among them is the BFI’s education outreach; it wants film and TV and their histories to be taught and used as a learning tool in classrooms.

‘We hope that by endorsing the positive effects of screen culture, then over time its cultural, educational and social value with the public and policymakers will increase,’ Mr Roberts said.

Another ambition is to promote a new narrative around video games amongst the public and within government.

He continued: ‘We’re hugely enthusiastic about the creative and cultural possibilities of video games, but we don’t currently have the necessary resources or in-house skills. So we’ll use the first few years of our strategy to work with [the] video games sector and build a clear case for support.’

Stars like Benedict Cumberbatch appear in films screened at the BFI’s world-renowned London Film Festival each year (Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The BFI is also launching its new streaming platform, BFI+ (Picture: Getty)

Other main aims within the BFI’s strategy include transforming its relationship with audiences across the UK and establishing the BFI National Archive to make its collection accessible.

The institute also wants to be ‘digital-first’ in delivering cultural programmes through its BFI+ streaming service.

Reflecting on the strategy, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said: ‘As the BFI looks towards its centenary, I’m delighted to see its vision is to open up more of its collections, boost people’s skills and help generate growth in the UK’s cutting-edge and globally renowned screen industries.

‘For many people around the world, our TV and film is our calling card. At home, it creates jobs and helps us see and tell the stories of our lives.

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Source:: Metro


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