3 What does the public funder look for?
In this video you hear from one of the key sources of development finance in the UK for established and emerging film-makers. Ben Roberts, who you met first in Week 1, is Head of Film Fund for the BFI.
He has a fund of £27 million to support film development, production and distribution. The BFI is one of three key sources of public funding for film in the UK.
Ben Roberts outlines an approach to film development and films that have – in his words – ‘a different tone of voice’.
From his point of view, there are wider economic and cultural factors to consider when deciding on what film projects or film-makers to develop. Success is just as much about developing the film-making talent as the film itself. The two go hand-in-hand.