BFI Names Isabel Davis as Head of International

Davis, a familiar face on the festival circuit, will be tasked with overseeing the strategic overview for all international activity at the British Film Institute and its external partners.

LONDON – The British Film Institute has named Isabel Davis as the organization's head of international.

Davis, currently one of the BFI's top executives, will take on an expanded international role for the BFI and a strategic overview of all international activity at the BFI and its funded external partners.

That will include inward investment and film export activity and working across talent and skills, policy and strategy.

She will also liaise with government, the film industry in the U.K. and internationally, trade associations and the BFI’s partners.

Davis remains a key part of the BFI Film Fund’s editorial team with a specific focus on tracking international filmmaking talent who might partner creatively with the U.K. and British projects with international co-production opportunities.

In her newly-expanded remit, she will continue to report to British public funding Tsar Ben Roberts, who heads up the BFI Film Fund, the U.K.’s largest public movie cashpool with a current budget of £18 million ($28.8 million) per year. That is set to rise to £24 million ($38.4 million) by 2017.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill said: "The BFI is hugely ambitious for British film on the international stage, and we fully understand the importance of focusing on this significant growth area for the benefit of UK PLC. Isabel has a thorough understanding of the international film arena and I know she will be a universally popular appointment to this important role."

Roberts described Davis as "a big asset for the BFI and the U.K. industry."

Davis transferred to the BFI in April 2011 after originally joining the subsequently shuttered U.K. Film Council in late 2006.

The BFI has eight movies in selection at the Toronto International Film Festival including co-productions Davis will look to continue to see being made such as Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio, Byzantium from Neil Jordan and Hyde Park On The Hudson, starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney.

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