BFI launches commission on independent film

Tue 11th Jul 2017

Industry News

The BFI is launching a Commission on UK Independent Film to look at the health of the UK independent film industry and make evidence based recommendations on what should be done to improve conditions for its long-term future, in particular for stronger growth at home and internationally. Establishing the Commission is a key priority for the industry as identified in the BFI’s new five-year plan for UK film, BFI2022

The BFI Commission will be chaired by Zygi Kamasa, CEO Lionsgate UK and Europe, who will examine and report on the current environment for UK independent film inviting evidence and contributions from cross-industry specialists from the production, sales, distribution and exhibition sectors over the next four months. Its conclusions will be published in Autumn 2017.

A wave of bold and adventurous filmmakers has led to a fresh cultural vibrancy in British independent cinema, most visibly evident on the international stage at the world’s leading film festivals and with the increased level of film production activity in the UK. However, the challenges facing independent UK film are more pronounced than ever. The Commission will work closely with industry partners including PACT, UKCA, the FDA and other stakeholders to explore how UK film might take advantage of creative and commercial opportunities in the changing landscape across film, TV and digital, and look at what else can be done to support the diversity and growth of the independent sector.

Josh Berger, BFI CEO says: “Film in the UK is booming and the role of the BFI is to ensure that independent film – the incubator of creativity - flourishes in this environment. That’s why we made a commitment to look at the health of independent film one of our first priorities in our 5 year plan BFI2022. We are delighted Zygi Kamasa will be leading the BFI UK Independent Film Commission as Chair and we look forward to hearing from a range of voices, drawing from their experience and expertise.”

Zygi Kamasa, CEO Lionsgate UK and Europe and Chair of the Independent Film Commission says: “I am very happy to accept the BFI’s invitation to Chair this Commission, and look forward to working with them and our new board who have the depth of knowledge and experience to identify and consider the most critical issues facing our sector now and in the future.”

The BFI publishes the latest research data and market intelligence on UK film here - http://www.bfi.org.uk/education-research/film-industry-statistics-research

The full list of Commission members will be published on www.bfi.org.uk in July 2017.