EXCLUSIVE: The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organization for film, has appointed former STX and Film4 staffer Amy O’Hara as BFI Talent Executive at Film Hub North. She becomes one of seven nationwide Network talent executives.

O’Hara will work alongside fellow Talent Executive Alice Ramsey to lead the talent development resource in the North of England. She replaces Jessica Loveland, who recently joined the BFI as Head of BFI Network.

O’Hara will be based out of the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, and joins from STX International where she most recently served as Digital Marketing Manager overseeing digital campaigns. Previously she was at Film4 for three years where she worked in departments including marketing and distribution.

BFI Network supports filmmakers early in their careers with short film funding, early feature development, industry-backed professional development and networking support. They work closely with the BFI Film Fund and other UK funding agencies.

In 2018, Rungano Nyoni became the first filmmaker supported by BFI Network, and subsequently the BFI Film Fund and Ffilm Cymru Wales, to win a BAFTA for her debut feature I Am Not A Witch.

Jessica Loveland, Head of BFI Network, said: “It is great to have Amy on board, who has a strong track record of developing talent and strong projects. Over the last 12 months, it has been wonderful to see the execs effectively connecting with grassroots talent in their regions and establishing themselves as the access point for funding and support for emerging talent. I’m thrilled Amy will be joining the team as we continue to build on this success to further broaden our reach across the UK.”

In addition to Loveland, O’Hara and Ramsey, other members of the BFI Network Talent Executive team are: Thomas Wightman, Film Hub South East; Alice Cabañas, Film Hub South West; Alexzandra Jackson, Film Hub Midlands; and Josic Cadoret and Mathieu Ajan, Film Hub London. The lead talent executives outside England are Christine Morrow in Northern Ireland Screen, Alice Whittemore in Ffilm Cymru Wales, and Caroline Cooper Charles in the Scottish Film Talent Network. The BFI Doc Society Fund also runs a programme for new and emerging documentary filmmakers, as part of BFI Network.