BFI announces Vision Awards. No animation production companies on the list.

A disappointing result for animation with the BFI’s announcement of the recipients of its 2016-18 Vision Awards to ‘up-and-coming’ UK producers. 22 companies are getting up to £50,000 a year, for two years, supporting them to build and develop their companies, slates and creative relationships. Read the announcement in Screen Daily here.

Eight of the 22 are based outside London. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get one Award each. Manchester gets one. No one else in England outside Yorkshire and the Humber.

Chris Hees, producer of the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning animated short The Bigger Picture was successful, though he looks to be moving to live action projects. Cardiff based ie ie Productions has an animated feature on its slate.

There are no animation production companies on the list.

One thought on “BFI announces Vision Awards. No animation production companies on the list.

  1. The BFI’s remit was for financial and cultural engineering rather than to give heed to artistic merit, this was the real agenda.

    It is using film to create government propaganda, film provides the perfect vehicle. Because film is such a visible art form it is being used to kid people we are providing jobs and opportunities to the underprivileged and less prosperous areas, (or those areas that appear more to be so). It especially wants to appear attentive to youth, because there is currently so little for the young people to build on as a career.

    The problem is, no one ever went into the arts for a secure job, because the honey train is constantly moving, and it would be impossible to follow it- those privileged one year are left high and dry the next, and so it goes on. To appear to be providing jobs through film is never a genuine ‘career’ opportunity. The truth is art is rarely profit making so it must above all support quality and innovation first and foremost, rather than pretend that it’s a career opportunity for anyone, so that we can live in a rich and questioning culture, not one that has its culture guided by a misinformed and guilty government, who are pulling the strings behind all our arts funding.

    Dam sorry animation has been so neglected, when Britain has proved to have a real talent for it internationally. We must find a way to make a real loud protest that goes beyond winging on Facebook. I went to their road show, and the answers to the questions I posed made it blatantly obvious to me that all the decisions had been made before the road show.(I wish someone had recorded their answers.)
    Also the jingoistic ‘Diversity equals creativity,’ slogan that they put out, gave me the distinct impression that they had never listened to a ‘Bulgarian Mountain choir, or read an Irish Folk Story.

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