Country Focus: UK
Mary Burke takes key role at BFI Film Fund
by Naman Ramachandran
- The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed Mary Burke to the key role of Senior Production and Development Executive at the BFI Film Fund, where she will have a senior editorial role identifying and supporting new British feature film projects, and working with writers, directors and producers across development and production. Burke joins from Warp Films where she is currently an Executive Producer and Board member. She will report to Director of the BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts. The BFI has £30 million to invest in film each year.
A recipient of two BAFTAs and two BIFAs, Burke’s producer credits include Submarine [+see also:
film profile], the BAFTA and BIFA-winning feature debut of Richard Ayoade, Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril [+see also:
interview: George Mackay
film profile] which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013, Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio [+see also:
film profile], which premiered at Edinburgh in 2012; and Chris Waitt’s A Complete History of My Sexual Failures [+see also:
film profile], which premiered in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Burke said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real contribution to shaping the landscape of British film – I could not be happier to be joining Ben and the BFI team. After 13 years, I will miss my talented and dedicated family at Warp – we shared so many amazing experiences that I will carry with me into my future work. I know first-hand the enormous impact that BFI investment has on the careers of writers, directors and producers here in the UK. I look forward to returning that support in the years to come.“