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Lighthouse announces new role with the BFI, cementing its role as digital arts leader

  • Date: 19 January 2012
  • Area: National, South East
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A Brighton-based digital agency and Arts Council England regularly funded organisation has been selected to manage the BFI Film Fund’s new fund for short film.

Lighthouse will manage the BFI Film Fund’s new one-year short film scheme, which will support up to 2012 outstanding new short films made by some of the UK’s most promising filmmakers, with budgets ranging from £25,000 to £50,000 per film.

Lighthouse, together with its partners, Nicky Bentham of Neon Films and independent development producer Becca Ellson, will oversee the selection and executive production of the films.

Lighthouse’s new role cements its reputation for excellence in supporting UK filmmakers. The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with responsibility for championing emerging and world-class filmmakers.

Lighthouse is supported with more than £83,000 in Arts Council England regular funding in 2011/12 for its leading role in driving forward digital art.

And in a move which sees the agency further its innovative approach to digital arts and technologies, Lighthouse has also announced Happenstance, a new residency programme that will marry technologists with three of the UK’s most vibrant arts organisations - Site Gallery in Sheffield, Lighthouse, and Spike Island in Bristol - and digital agency, Caper.

The Happenstance residencies will be an opportunity for creative technologists to think, make and prototype digital projects and products as part of a small creative team. The residencies are supported by the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture, run by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and NESTA.

Sally Abbott, Director, South East, Arts Council England says: ‘Lighthouse is exemplary in supporting digital artists and filmmakers to reach new audiences – as demonstrated by their role in bringing us the highly successful 2011 Brighton Digital Festival of international digital culture.

‘It’s fantastic to see this leadership role in the visual arts sector being recognised and developed further with new responsibilities and new programmes of work.’

Honor Harger, Director of Lighthouse says: ‘As a digital culture agency that commissions vibrant and inspirational work, which shows how important artists and filmmakers are in our changing media landscape, we are thrilled to be managing a programme that will stimulate outstanding new work. We are looking forward to working with some of the UK’s most promising filmmakers, and exploring ways their work can reach new audiences.’

To learn more about the BFI short film fund, visit:

To learn more about the Happenstance residencies and apply, visit: