BFI taps Isabel Davis to head international activity

Former U.K. Film Council exec will oversee film exports

The British Film Institute has appointed Isabel Davis head of international, it announced Monday at a reception celebrating U.K. film at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Davis, who transferred to the BFI from the U.K. Film Council in April 2011, will take a strategic overview of all international activity at the BFI. This includes inward investment and film exports.

Film production spend reached a record £1.27 billion ($2 billion) in the U.K. in 2011. Film exports have trebled since 2001, totalling $3.4 billion in 2010.

Davis will work with the government, the local film industry, international filmmakers, trade orgs and BFI partners. She also remains a key part of the BFI Film Fund’s editorial team, tracking international filmmakers to partner with the U.K., and U.K. projects with international co-production potential.

Before joining the UKFC in 2006, Davis was head of development at HomeRun Film.