Tanya Seghatchian resigns from heading The Film Fund at the British Film Institute
Tanya Seghatchian has resigned from her position as head of The Film Fund at the British Film Institute (BFI). She had been overseeing the fund’s transition from the now-defunct UK Film Council to the BFI, having originally been in charge of the council’s Development Fund.
Seghatchian has considerable experience as a producer, having worked with David Heyman on the first four films in the Harry Potter series, before coming to the UK Film Council in 2007. During her few years at the council she oversaw films such as The King’s Speech, Submarine and In The Loop. She plans a return to a producing role.
We’ve successfully backed some very strong new voices and our films are currently enjoying critical success and major festival exposure ahead of the awards season as well as taking money at the box office.
She said: “We’ve successfully backed some very strong new voices and our films are currently enjoying critical success and major festival exposure ahead of the awards season as well as taking money at the box office. But even so, four years determining the tone and direction of lottery backed investment in British film is long enough.”
Amanda Nevill is chief executive of the BFI: “We have been incredibly fortunate to have had her with us at such a transformational time for the BFI and she leaves an experienced and expert Film Fund team in place, ensuring that filmmakers and the industry continue to be supported.”
The closure of the UK Film Council was first announced in the summer of 2010 and stirred huge protest throughout the industry, both within the UK and internationally.
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