Iyare Igiehon: Inclusion Events & Partnerships Executive

Zakiya Bale: BFI Film Academy & Education Project Officer

Jackie Edwards: Head of Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF)

Iyare focuses on the BFI Diversity & inclusion standards, bullying & harassment standards and connects BFI with individuals & organisations throughout the tv/film industry. In addition to this Iyare organises events/talks, develops policies and interprets data to reflect the current progress or areas of need.  People approach the BFI for a variety of reasons and may want to meet BAME creatives and therefore the BFI can act as a signposting organisation to effect change.


Zakiya works with young people from underrepresented groups; disability, female, low-income background areas in the film industry and runs courses with partner organisations to facilitate this ie: specialist courses to study something specific, camera & sound, amination in addition to events run at BFI Southbank. Future films festival runs in February each year.

Jackie heads up the 3 yr pilot scheme which supports the development & production of public service television content for people 18 years and under. This fund can support anything that’s at any stage of development. It’s an amazing resource for children’s programmes which has been under-resourced, this is a rolling fund but please note it’s for television, not features.

New voices are wanted so if you have an idea in development then read the funding application carefully and if you meet the criteria, apply!


How much ownership of ideas will be retained if successful in securing funds?

  • Ownership is retained, IP is intact in regards to the funding application.

Benefits of working with BFI?

BFI is the main film funding body for the UK and therefore has a comprehensive set of funds available. It is however, oversubscribed which can be a challenge for new production companies.

How can we gain access and get on ‘that list’ of new voices?

  • Email, say hello and keep in touch, there are no short cuts.
  • We are helping broadcasters access an array of voices, big ideas.


Film academy/Future film Fund- limited by age but the majority of funds you have to be over 18 to apply

When an application is made to the film fund, it’s usually led by a UK based producer. This doesn’t prevent you from working with creatives internationally, but conditions of the funding must be met.

This session highlighted there are funding opportunities available, think about the tips our panel have shared and make sure you give yourself the best chance possible to succeed.

Click on their name to contact:

Iyare Igiehon 

Zakiya Bale 

Jackie Edwards