BFI Consultation Roadshows 2016

Posted on 26 May 2016

We want to hear from you!

The BFI is at the heart of film in the UK with a network of partners and alliances, filmmakers and audiences, educators and learners that together create an environment where film and the moving image can flourish both culturally and economically.

Our direction is informed through regular consultations and this summer we are hosting a series of nine roadshows across the UK and launching an online consultation to help us set our strategy for 2017-2022. Our current plan Film Forever comes to an end in March 2017 and as we develop our priorities for the new strategy we want to hear how we can support your work, what issues and priorities are important to you and how the BFI can make a difference.

At the consultation events you can meet the BFI teams working on the plan and discuss the core elements and themes that underpin our work. In Film Forever, BFI activity was focussed around three strategic priorities:

  • Education and audiences
  • Heritage
  • Supporting the future success of British film

These core priorities will continue, but the themes and ideas that support them may be different. We want to hear your views on what is important now and in the future.

- What does the word film mean today? What role, if any, should the BFI take in TV, video games, interactive media, virtual reality and online content?

- Diversity and opportunity are intertwined – talent is everywhere, opportunity isn’t. Without diversity, our creative industries will not reach their full potential. How do we ensure that our activities and our programmes are open to all?

- How do we ensure growth of the screen industries, and screen culture, across the UK? How can this help solve the shortages of studio capacity and skilled workforces in the UK industry?

- The culture and heritage of film and screen is as important as its economic potential, and is the real bedrock of creativity. How do we inspire people to engage more with film and the moving image?

Please join us at a roadshow to be part of the debate – and also include your views online.

Everyone is welcome and please click on the link here to register for a consultation event in the city of your choice and to book for the workshop sessions you would like to join. The workshop choices are Education, Audiences, Heritage and Supporting the future success of British Film. Places are limited so please book early.

Our consultation runs from 24 June to 8 September 2016 – please also visit to add your views online.

Roadshow dates and venues

Thursday 16 June: Edinburgh (The Caledonian)
Monday 27 June: Belfast (Titanic)
Tuesday 28 June: Manchester (HOME)
Wednesday 29 June: Leeds (Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University)
Thursday 30 June: Newcastle (Tyneside Cinema)
Tuesday 5 July: London (BFI Southbank)
Thursday 7 July: Birmingham (mac)
Monday 11 July: Bristol (Watershed)
Tuesday 12 July: Cardiff (Chapter)

BFI Consultation Roadshows 2016