BFI Film Fund Names Mary Burke Senior Production, Development Executive

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With more than $46.5 million to invest each year, the British Film Institute is the U.K.'s largest public investor in film.

The British Film Institute has named producer Mary Burke to the role of senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund.

Reporting to BFI Film Fund director Ben Roberts, she is charged with "identifying and supporting a diverse range of new British feature film projects and working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production," the BFI said.

Burke has been serving as executive producer and board member at Warp Films, where she has worked in various roles since the company’s launch in 2002.

At the BFI, she will also work alongside fellow BFI senior production and development executives Lizzie Francke and Natascha Wharton, head of international Isabel Davis and head of U.K. audiences Ben Luxford.

With more than $46.5 million (£30 million) of lottery funding to invest each year, the BFI is Britain's largest public investor in film.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real contribution to shaping the landscape of British film — I could not be happier to be joining Ben and the BFI team," said Burke. "After 13 years, I will miss my talented and dedicated family at Warp — we shared so many amazing experiences that I will carry with me into my future work. I know first-hand the enormous impact that BFI investment has on the careers of writers, directors and producers here in the U.K."

Said Roberts: "I feel very lucky to have Mary joining the team, she will be a great friend and ally to filmmakers. We want her to bring all of her fire and creativity to the BFI. It's going to be — in her words — awesome."

Burke has won two BAFTA awards. Her producer credits include Bunny and the Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King who went on to direct Paddington, the U.K.’s most successful independent film of 2014, Richard Ayoade's Submarine and Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril.

Upcoming films backed by the BFI include Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, which has been picked as the opening night film for this year’s BFI London Film Festival, Ben Wheatley’s High Rise and Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster, which premiered in competition at the Cannes film festival.

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