BFI Taps ‘Lamb’ Producer Ama Ampadu for Senior Film Fund Role

The British Movie Institute (BFI) has employed Ama Ampadu as a senior manufacturing and growth govt for the BFI Movie Fund.

Ampadu has labored as an unbiased producer throughout U.Okay. and worldwide initiatives for over 12 years and produced Yared Zeleke’s “Lamb” (2015), the primary Ethiopian movie chosen at Cannes.

Reporting to Natascha Wharton, the fund’s head of editorial, Ampadu will work alongside fellow senior manufacturing and growth govt Louise Ortega, in addition to editor-at-large Lizzie Francke. She replaces Kristin Irving, who joined BBC Movie final yr. With Ortega, Ampadu’s portfolio can have a give attention to debuts, in addition to working intently with BFI Community to make sure there’s an efficient crossover for brand new and rising expertise. Engaged on each growth and manufacturing funds, Ampadu will assess purposes, suggest funding selections and supply help for filmmakers and movie initiatives.

Mia Bays, director of the BFI Movie Fund, stated: “We’re actually energized that Ama is becoming a member of us and bringing a producer’s perspective to the group and one which could be very worldwide. We welcome her pragmatic method and extremely developed abilities and relationships with filmmakers, and have little doubt that she’s going to enrich the group, the organisation and the initiatives she helps.”

Ampadu added: “I’m excited by the probabilities that lie forward working throughout the framework of the brand new BFI 10-year technique. Engaged with the modern artistic scene and immersed in an array of scripts and story concepts, I’m a devoted supporter of under-acknowledged artists, various tales and voices. I plan to pay attention and be of utmost service in discovering and nourishing the very best of U.Okay. expertise in all its range and past, championing ground-breaking initiatives that resonate with audiences.”

The BFI Movie Fund is at the moment closed for purposes forward of the brand new BFI Nationwide lottery Filmmaking Fund launching in March, as a part of the roll out of the BFI’s new Nationwide Lottery funding technique.