Exec will oversee prod'n, distrib funds

The British Film Institute has announced plans to appoint a single executive to run its production and distribution funds, with a combined annual budget of £21 million ($33 million).

This follows the resignation of Tanya Seghatchian as head of the BFI’s film fund in September, and the departure of Peter Buckingham as head of distribution and exhibition in November.

These posts will be replaced by the newly-created role of film fund director, reporting to BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill.

This moves toward a more integrated policy of development, production and distribution investment, in line with the expected recommendations of the U.K. government’s film policy review to be announced in January.

According to a BFI statement, the film fund director will be responsible for leading the existing production and distribution teams, nurturing filmmaking talent across the U.K., championing creative excellence and encouraging a bold approach.

The BFI took over from the U.K. Film Council in April as the public body responsible for investing lottery coin into British film production and distribution. Both Seghatchian and Buckingham moved from the UKFC to the BFI, but decided to leave once the transition was complete.

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