BFI prepares to take over film lottery funding

LONDON — The British Film Institute has appointed Heather Stewart to the newly created position of creative director of public program.

Stewart, who will start in May, will be responsible for bringing together all of the BFI’s cultural activities including collections, venues such as BFI Southbank, cinema such as BFI IMAX, and DVD releases, publishing and festivals.

She will continue to report to BFI director Amanda Nevill.

Stewart has worked at the BFI for 20 years, having previously served as cultural program director, U.K., where she was responsible for the BFI National Archive, film and video distribution and sales and BFI publishing including magazine Sight & Sound.

The newly created position comes weeks before BFI takes over the lottery funding duties of the U.K. Film Council, which was shuttered by Blighty’s coalition government in July.

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