Seghatchian to exit British Film Institute

Production fund topper returns to filmmaking

Tanya Seghatchian, head of the Film Fund at the British Film Institute, announced Wednesday that she is stepping down to return to filmmaking.

Seghatchian has overseen one of Blighty’s biggest production and development funds for four years. The BFI is negotiating her departure date.

In a statement, she said: “With the dedicated team at the Film Fund we’ve achieved more than I’d dare hope amidst a recession, an abolition and a lengthy transition process.

“In a spectacular year for British film, we’ve backed great British filmmakers and some strong new voices. Our films are currently enjoying critical success and major festival exposure ahead of the awards season, as well as taking money at the box office.”

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill paid tribute to Seghatchian’s contribution to the film industry.

“She brings a rare balance of independence of vision, commercial instinct and cultural understanding and she has a real eye for backing talent. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had her with us at such a transformational time for the BFI and she leaves an experienced and expert Film Fund team in place,” Nevill said.

Before heading the Film Fund, Seghatchian was in charge of the now defunct U.K. Film Council’s development fund where she was responsible for funding and overseeing pics including “The King’s Speech” and “Shame.”In 2007, she played a pivotal role in bringing the “Harry Potter” franchise to the bigscreen with producer David Heyman.