Gotta Love The BFI, And The National Lottery

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We’ve just had the BAFTAs, and the Oscars are coming up, and it’s been yet another great year for the Brits in film, with The Theory of Everything and Eddie Redmayne picking up trophies left, right and centre.

It’s not only that film doing well from the UK mind.  Loads more films, and the guys and gals behind the scenes.

It’s our costume and make-up departments, music and audio production and special effects units doing great work too.  I’m always interested in how the BFI fits into all this, and how important they are for the British film industry.  The BFI receives a large donation from the National Lottery, which funds a huge number of film projects, and have also allowed young people to gain a foothold in the film industry, something really important to keep the film production treadmill turning.

Hopefully this short vid below, highlighting some of the hits made possible by the lotto, hits home.

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While finding that clip I also stumbled across an infographic showing the successes of films funded by the BFI.  Great stats!

BFI Infographic

My favourite?

“The King’s Speech received just over £1 million of Lottery funding.  The film became the most successful independent British film ever at the UK box office, grossing more than £45 million. All of the money earned was re-invested into making more British films, creating jobs and supporting UK businesses.”

Gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.

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