The British Film Institute or BFI is running an on-line consultancy for it’s “New Horizons Funding” Plan for film which will operate over the next five years. Almost all film funding will now be overseen by the BFI, whose priorities are published in the New Horizons plan. They are running an on-line consultancy document that we would like all Film Oxford supporters to fill out. Overall the plan is very positive, however we are concerned that independent centres like ourselves may be forgotten about in the new review. Most of the consultancy is muliple choice, but below is a suggested text to put into “Question 6” of the consultancy, or if you prefer to write your own text.
Go to http://www.bfi.org.uk/future/ and then click on “fill in the online consultation”.
What is needed is financial support for Local Film Hubs that provide Training, Production Support, Education, Screenings and Networking opportunities to young people, emerging talent and industry professionals. A great example of such a Hub is Film Oxford. This Hub has been running for over 30 years, providing high quality training and support for young people, adults and hard-to-reach communities. The centre has a substantial equipment base and a pool of Industry Trainers. The Film Oxford Hub attracts many hundreds of people a year from Oxfordshire, the South, Nationally and Internationally. Not funding such Hubs as Film Oxford, under the New Horizons BFI Plan, would threaten their survival, and be a waste of resources built up over many years from public funding.