BFI has hired Ama Ampadu as a senior production and development executive for the BFI Film Fund.
Independent producer Ampadu who has 12 years of experience as a producer, will work alongside Louise Ortega, with a central focus on filmmaking debuts, as well as working closely with BFI NETWORK to ensure there is a practical crossover for new and emerging talent.
Ampadu will report to Natascha Wharton, the film fund’s Head of Editorial. Alongside Ortega and the rest of the team, Ampadu will also oversee the fund’s slate, which has projects at various stages of production, supporting filmmakers at each stage of the filmmaking process and beyond, as well as developing outreach strategies to engage filmmakers with the BFI.
Mia Bays, director of the BFI Film Fund, said: “We are really energized that Ama is joining us and bringing a producer’s perspective to the team and one that is very international. We welcome her pragmatic approach and highly developed skills and relationships with filmmakers, and have no doubt that she will enrich the team, the organisation and the projects she supports.”
Ampadu added: “I’m excited by the possibilities that lie ahead working within the framework of the new BFI 10-year strategy. Engaged with the contemporary creative scene and immersed in an array of scripts and story ideas, I’m a dedicated supporter of under-acknowledged artists, diverse stories and voices. I plan to listen and be of utmost service in discovering and nourishing the best of U.K. talent in all its diversity and beyond, championing ground-breaking projects that resonate with audiences.”
The film fund is currently closed for applications until the launch of a new National lottery Filmmaking Fund in March 2023.
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