The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed Ama Ampadu as a senior production and development executive for the BFI Film Fund.
Ampadu has worked as an independent producer for over 12 years across UK and international projects and produced Jared Zelek’s “Lamb” (2015), the first Ethiopian film to be selected at Cannes.
Reporting to Fund’s editorial chief Natasha Wharton, Ampadu will work alongside fellow senior production and development executive Luis Ortega, as well as editor-at-large Lizzie Frank. She replaces Christine Irving, who joined BBC Films last year. Along with Ortega, Ampadu will have a focus on debuts as well as working closely with the BFI network to ensure there is an effective crossover to new and emerging talent in the portfolio. Working with both development and production funding, Ampadu will evaluate applications, recommend funding decisions and provide support for filmmakers and film projects.
Mia Bess, director of the BFI Film Fund, said: “We’re really excited that Ama is joining us and bringing a producer’s perspective to the team and it’s very international. We welcome his pragmatic approach and highly developed skills and relationships with filmmakers and have no doubt that he will enrich the teams, organizations and projects he supports.”
Ampadu added: “I am excited by the possibilities of working within the framework of the new BFI 10-year strategy. Involved in the contemporary creative scene and immersed in an array of script and story ideas, I am a recognized artist, a dedicated supporter of diverse stories and voices. I plan to do my best to champion ground-breaking projects that resonate with audiences across all diversity and beyond to discover and nurture the best talent in the UK.”
The BFI Film Fund is currently closed for applications ahead of the new BFI National Lottery Filmmaking Fund launched in March as part of the roll out of the BFI’s new National Lottery funding strategy.