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News / August 27, 2013 / Two new film appointments at Creative England and BFI

Creative England and the BFI today announce two key appointments to enhance support for England-based emerging filmmaking talent.

From September, Paul Ashton and Céline Haddad will lead on the creation of two Talent Centres in Sheffield and Brighton, run by Creative England, which will part of the BFI’s UK-wide talent network, announced last year in its Film Forever plan.

Each centre will serve as an entry point for outstanding emerging filmmaking talent from across England (including London), providing a clear ladder of progression from shorts to first features, with bespoke support for projects and skills development.

Both experienced development executives, Haddad moves across from her current role as Head of Development for Animation at Passion Pictures, and Ashton from his Development Producer position at BBC writersroom.

Full details of the Talent Centres’ team and funding offer will be announced at the launch of the BFI’s Talent Network in late September.

Céline Haddad
“I am thrilled to join the Creative England team and delighted to be involved in such an ambitious partnership with the BFI Film Fund.
“The wealth of British talent never ceases to amaze me and I look forward to discovering and supporting the next generation of British filmmakers.”


Paul Ashton
“This is such an exciting time for emerging talent and this is a fantastic opportunity for me to be part of the team flying the flag for that talent. I can’t wait to get started.”