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.
Transcript: Video 6 Ben Roberts talks about public funders
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.