UK Film Council appoints Seghatchian as head of new Film Fund


MUMBAI: The UK Film Council has appointed Tanya Seghatchian as head of its new Film Fund.


The new role will see Seghatchian heading up a single, unified film fund, which will work with emerging voices and world-class talent across film development and production.


UK Film Council chairman Tim Bevan CBE said, "Tanya shone through in what was an incredibly strong line-up of candidates. She will be responsible for establishing the brand new £15 million Film Fund with creative excellence at its heart. At a time of real turbulence for independent filmmakers, I am confident that Tanya’s experience and passion will ensure that they have a supportive, energetic and understanding champion. This was an extremely competitive process, which in itself is a reflection of the vast wealth and array of talent currently at work in Britain’s film industry. Tanya is hugely respected across the film sector and has a fantastic track-record with creative talent, supporting filmmakers at all stages of their career and developing exciting film projects, ranging from Harry Potter and My Summer of Love to the UK Film Council-backed In the Loop and Fish Tank."


Seghatchian, who will report directly to UK Film Council CEO John Woodward added, "It is a huge privilege to have been asked to take on this new role. Our filmmakers are currently amongst the very best in the world, but the challenging financial climate and the speed of technological change mean that now more than ever they need a supportive and reliable home which invests in creative excellence and encourages boldness. I’m really looking forward to working closely with the film industry to establish an accessible and ambitious new fund which will protect investment in British talent and champion the importance of a dynamic film culture."


The UK Film Council is currently consulting on the exact activities of the Film Fund and has received widespread support from across the film sector for its proposals, especially its commitment to protect investment in new British filmmaking. The proposal is for the Film Fund to have a minimum of £15 million a year, topped-up further with recoupment from successful film investments, to support feature and short films and to create a new space for experimental filmmaking. It is proposed that the fund will give production companies a share of the UK Film Council’s recoupment from all feature film investments and, as part of the UK Film Council’s commitment to promoting regional talent and economies, that it will have a 25% target for non-London originated films.


Seghatchian has been head of the UK Film Council’s Development Fund since 2007.


The final make-up of the Film Fund, including the appointment of three senior executives, will be announced shortly.