The British Film Institute is passionate about film and uses National Lottery funding for film development and production and to inspire people to watch, make and learn about film. Their aim is to maximise the achievements of British film at home and abroad – from international strategy and industry diversity to certification and tax relief. BFI offers Production and development funding as well as Distribution and exhibition funding. Categories include young audiences, documentary, animation, production, development, distribution and more.
The five core priorities in terms of what is funded include:
Talent development and progression: Support during the early careers of a range of ambitious filmmakers
Impact: Support for films with a strong cultural or progressive impact
Risk: Projects that take risks in form and content, where the more commercial sector cannot
Perspective: Projects that recognise the quality of difference in perspective, talent and recruitment
UK-wide: An increase in the number of active projects and filmmakers outside London and the South East
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