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Future of Film Report 2021

Future of Film’s goal remains to inspire and empower storytellers and then the wider industry, to help us to create a future of film that is inclusive, sustainable and rewards innovation and creativity.

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Missing & Maligned: Muslims in Popular Movies


The purpose of the present study was to explore the prevalence and portrayal of Muslim characters in popular film. The study includes both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of 200 top-grossing movies released between 2017 and 2019 across four countries: the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

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Tackling class inequality in the UK Screen Industries

This report shows that in 2020 over half of people working in the UK’s Screen Industries were from privileged backgrounds (53%), compared to 38% of people working in any role. In contrast, people from working-class backgrounds are significantly under-represented in UK Screen, with only one in four of the Screen workforce from lower socio-economic backgrounds, compared to 38% of people across the economy.

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Inclusion & Diversity in VFX & Animation

This survey into inclusion and diversity in VFX (Visual Effects), Animation and Post-Production was conducted by the UK Screen Alliance.


Parents & Carers in UK Film and TV 

Making It Possible survey - Voices of Parents & Carers in the UK Film and TV Industry.

In 2015 Raising Films started a conversation about the challenges faced by parents and carers working in film and television. Now, we’re proud to present what we’ve learned with the results of our survey — the first nationwide look into the impact of caring on career development across the industry.

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Historic Gender Parity in Family Films

This report analyzes representations of gender, race, LGBTQ+, disability, age (over 60) and body size (large) in the top-grossing family films (rated G, PG, or PG-13) of 2019. We also include analysis of leading characters in live action and animated family films from over a decade (2007 – 2019).


Gender Representation in the Short Film Industry

Short Film Conference, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival & Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur are collaborating to create a tool that will produce numbers and analyze statistics in the short film industry in order to promote collective awareness and nurture action when deemed necessary.

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Race and Ethnic Diversity - 2020


Racial and Ethnic Diversity: a deep-dive into Diamond data presents the proportion of contributions that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people make to our television programmes.

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Adjusting the colour balance

In 2015, Directors UK issued its first ever report on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) directorial representation in UK television production. The report revealed just how few television programmes are directed by BAME directors.


Bectu - Rates of pay guidelines

The information here reflects the recommended going rates set by the relevant freelance branch(es), covering film and independent production, after consultation with members. Bectu also recommends minimum terms and conditions for all those not covered by an agreement.


A sustainable production guide

How to limit environmental impacts at every stage in the production process.This guide is for artistic directors, producers, directors, production managers, lighting designers and technicians, set designers and builders, costume designers, and performing arts practitioners across the industry seeking to understand and reduce their environmental impacts.

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The place of women in European film productions

The sexual assault allegations brought against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein laid bare the painful reality for scores of women working in the film industry around the world. However, sexual harassment is seemingly just the tip of the iceberg in an industry where gender inequalities relating to biased representation and pay are arguably systematic and pervasive. 

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The Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion

This Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion serves as a companion piece to the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study Missing & Maligned: The Reality of Muslims in Popular Global Movies and draws from the real opportunity to engage Muslim communities further, unearth incredible stories, and ensure Muslims feel seen and empowered to tell their tales.

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Annual ScreenSkills Assessment 2019

In 2018-19 ScreenSkills and the Work Foundation worked together to deliver the first year of the Skills Forecasting Service (SFS), using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.