1. Strategy
  2. Setting the scene

Setting the scene

The BFI is a community of over 700 people who are passionate and knowledgeable about film, television and the moving image. And we are committed to ensuring a positive and accessible screen culture for all.

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About the BFI

The BFI was founded in 1933 and is governed by our Royal Charter. Over the past 90 years we have grown in our role as a cultural charity, a distributor of National Lottery funds and as the UK Government’s lead body for film and the moving image.

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Our mission

We want to create the conditions in which screen culture and the UK’s screen industries can thrive – across the UK and around the world.

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Our purpose

We believe society needs stories. Film, television and the moving image bring them to life, helping us to connect and understand each other better. We share the stories of yesterday, search for the stories of today, and shape the stories of tomorrow.

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Our vision to 2033

We will transform access to our programmes, screen culture and jobs across the whole of the UK.

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The underlying principles of our strategy

Our work will be underpinned by three cross-cutting principles: a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; ensuring that our work reaches across the nations and regions of the UK so that everyone can benefit; and by reducing our environmental impact and leading the sector towards net zero.

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Equity, diversity and inclusion

We want everyone to develop a meaningful relationship with film and the moving image, regardless of their background or circumstances. Representation, accessibility and accountability lie at the centre of this strategy.

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Everyone across the four nations of the UK should be able to experience and create the widest range of moving image storytelling. Economic growth and access to jobs should be felt UK-wide.

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Environmental sustainability and meeting net zero

The world faces a climate and ecological emergency, and the screen sectors have an important role to play in addressing this. If we are to reduce our environmental impact and support wider industry efforts to get to net zero, we must enact systemic changes.