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BFI launches £1 million Diversity Fund

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- Three Ticks scheme now rechristened BFI Diversity Standards and is adopted by BFI funded partners

BFI launches £1 million Diversity Fund
Departure by Andrew Steggall

The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched a £1 million Diversity Fund. The organisation’s Three Ticks initiative is now known as BFI Diversity Standards and will be adopted over the next 12 months by BFI funded partners including BFI Film Audience Network, Creative Skillset, Creative England, Creative Scotland, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Film London, Into Film and Northern Ireland Screen. BFI Diversity Standards will apply across all Film Fund schemes including film development, production, distribution, and audience development.

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said, “We need to make sure that our fantastic film industry reflects the wonderfully diverse nature of UK society today. The BFI is a tremendous champion of diversity, and this new fund will be instrumental in helping the industry as a whole continue to build on all that has been achieved so far.” 

The BFI introduced Three Ticks, backed by UK producers’ association Pact, as a 12-month pilot in September 2014. So far, 15 productions have received support from the BFI since it was launched, including Andrea Arnold’s American Honey [+see also:
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, Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on BlindnessAmma Asante’s A United Kingdom (news), Michael Lennox’s A Patch of Fog [+see also:
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 (news), Andrew Steggall’s Departure [+see also:
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Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire [+see also:
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 (news), and Colm McCarthy’s She Who Brings Gifts [+see also:
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(news). 

Director of BFI Film Fund, Ben Roberts, said, “It’s been an instructive but overall a very positive year since we introduced the guidelines for production. It’s given us an opportunity to tighten them up in some places, and the confidence to introduce them to a wider constituency.”

The Fund opens on 2 November.

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