The BFI has appointed Mary Burke as senior production and development exec at the BFI Film Fund. She joins from Warp Films, where she served as exec producer. Burke will take a senior editorial role at the BFI, identifying and supporting new British features and working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production. Having won two BAFTAS and two BIFAs, Burke certainly has a wealth of experience.
She has a reputation for supporting emerging filmmakers. Her producer credits include Bunny And The Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King who directed last year’s smash hit Paddington; Richard Ayoade’s debut Submarine, which won both a BAFTA and BIFA and Chris Waitt’s feature docu A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures, which premiered in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Burke has been with indie fave Warp since the company’s inception in 2002 and has worked across the company’s film and TV slate. “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 in a statement. “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 UK. I look forward to returning that support in the years to come.“
“It took me 10 years and many films to go from runner to producer. Mary joined Warp and through tenacity, skill and above all having great taste, Mary managed to go from runner to producer in about 17 minutes,” said Warp chief exec Mark Herbert. “She has helped shaped my company and her DNA runs right through it. When she told me she was leaving my heart sank but then I was filled with immense pride. The BFI has made a great choice.”
Burke will work alongside fellow BFI senior creative execs, Lizzie Francke and Natascha Wharton, Head of International, Isabel Davis and Head of UK Audiences, Ben Luxford. With over $45 million of Lottery funding to invest each year, the BFI is the UK’s largest public investor in film. The BFI is involved with development, production, exhibition, distribution and international sales.