BFI Future Film Skills Programme

We are proud to have developed a new UK-wide Future Film Skills Programme.

BFI2022, the BFI’s five-year plan, outlines how we intend to develop a professional skills framework for new entrants and employees in the UK screen industries. The skills and talent base across the UK plays a significant role in ensuring that the UK film sector is world-class. The foundation of these plans for 2017 to 2022 is our Future Film Skills Programme.

During an unprecedented growth in film and high-end production in the UK, the industry has been reporting emerging skills shortages across the screen industries.

In response, the BFI created a Film Skills Task Force, bringing together the BFI, ScreenSkills and industry professionals across the sector. We also commissioned the Work Foundation to carry out an independent skills audit, with a primary focus on the craft and technical skills that are fundamental to every production.

Strategic priorities arise from this review, and form the basis of Future Film Skills – An Action Plan.

Over the five-year period of the BFI2022 strategy we will deliver this action plan through the Future Film Skills Programme. It has the following aims:

  • To improve the quality of film industry-related careers advice for all ages, to attract new talent.
  • To build bridges between education and industry to ensure the training is industry relevant.
  • To support relevant professional development for the sector, to retain workers and attract existing craftspeople.
  • To enhance the provision of film craft education and training within further and higher education.
  • To ensure the industry’s workforce represents its UK audience.

The public benefit is to make it easier for young people to pursue a career in the film and adjacent industries; to create opportunities specifically for those who are harder to reach and who would encounter additional obstacles; and to enable film businesses to recruit a skilled workforce that is representative of modern Britain.

Following their successful application, ScreenSkills are in place to deliver the Future Film Skills Programme. You can find out more about their work, including any funding for which you may be eligible to apply and how to contact them, on their website:

Download Future Film Skills – An Action Plan

Download the full Work Foundation report

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