22 February 2011
Posted in Film
Creative England, the new organisation that will replace the network of Regional Screen Agencies (RSAs)which operated across England has opened a consultation on its plans and priorities.
The organisation, which will formally commence operations in October this year, will be based in three hubs operating from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, but its activities will cover all the English Regions.
The Department for Culture Media and Sport has confirmed that for the year 2011/12 Creative England will have an initial budget of around £2.5m Grant in Aid and roughly £2m Lottery funding for film from the British Film Institute (BFI). Creative England says that it will use this core support to leverage additional funds from other public and private sources.
Creative England has identified three strategic priorities for its film activities in 2011/12:
- Developing creative talent - in conjunction with the BFI, Skillset, Film London and industry partners.
- Nurturing film culture - in partnership with the BFI, Arts Council England and others, to support innovative approaches to the exhibition and distribution of film, that increases choice and grows audiences
- Helping to maximise inward investment - in partnership with Film London (which will have an expanded remit taking over the Office Of the British Film Commissioner) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).
Creative England says that it ‘will not be a new quango’. Instead, it will be a joint venture company of existing agencies with no extra costs or staffing.
Their consultation, which closes on 31 March 2011, is asking organisations and individuals the following questions:
- Do you agree that the strategic priorities are the right ones?
- What comments do you have on the aims and objectives attached to each priority?
- How can Creative England best build upon the work of the Regional Screen Agencies in supporting these priorities?
- What are the key challenges, in addition to funding?
- How can Creative England best ensure that these priorities are delivered in a way that meets the needs of all the English Regions?