BFI to absorb 44 UKFC posts

Seghatchian, Buckingham among those transferring

LONDON — A total of 44 U.K. Film Council posts will transfer on April 1 to the British Film Institute, the bodies announced Thursday.

These include head of the UKFC’s film fund Tanya Seghatchian, head of distribution Pete Buckingham and head of business affairs Will Evans. Some 30 UKFC staff will be pink slipped.

BFI director Amanda Nevill said: “From April we will be bringing together the BFI and UKFC to start a new chapter for film in the U.K. We welcome our new colleagues, who are among the most talented people in the film industry, and look forward to building on the U.K. Film Council’s incredible legacy. I’m confident that our shared passion for and dedication to film will ensure that it flourishes in the U.K. for the benefit of the public, the film industry and our economy.”

The BFI is recruiting five new trustees, including a deputy chair, to its governing board.

The UKFC will cease to exist July 1.