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Welcome Jay Arnold to the British Council film team

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We are thrilled that Jay Arnold is joining the British Council's film team as Senior Programme Manager.

The British Council has appointed Jay Arnold as its new Senior Programme Manager for Film, starting the post on 18 September.

This vital role plays a leading part in the development and management of the British Council’s increasing film portfolio, making sure that film and media play a strategic role in the organisation's cultural relations work.

He will work closely on the development and implementation of the film strategy which is designed to find international opportunities for the UK’s film and games sectors. Jay will lead on liaising and building partnerships with other British Council programme teams in the UK and globally; and will manage relationships with key external UK partners, as well as running selected international film programmes.

Arnold joins the British Council from Live Cinema UK, where he was Projects Director, working on commissioning, regional film promotion and sector consultancy. Previously, Arnold worked at Sheffield’s independent cinema The Showroom from its opening in 1995 until 2003. He then joined the newly formed Regional Screen Agency, Screen Yorkshire, working with the region’s cinemas, film educationalists, film festivals and Regional Film Archive.  As national structures were re-organised in 2011 he became Head of Film Culture with Creative England from where he moved to the BFI to work on the BFI Film Audience Network.  From 2014, he has worked in freelance roles with the National Science & Media Museum, Creative Scotland and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Arnold takes over the position from Will Massa, who left British Council to join the BFI National Archive in the newly created post of Curator of Contemporary Fiction.

Arnold will work closely with the British Council’s five Film Programme Managers, and one Games Programme Manager, in a team led by Director of Film, Briony Hanson.

Briony Hanson said: “We are hugely excited to have Jay join the Film team at what feels like a watershed moment, after we have worked for the last five years to build up a series of essential relationships and programmes with the UK and international film sectors. Jay comes to us with an excellent range of experience across the sector, including vital regional experience, and has a keen eye on future developments. Having recently added games to our portfolio, we are now looking to focus our energy for the next five years – and Jay is a brilliant find to help us do that.”

Jay Arnold said: “It is a privilege to join such a respected team and be part of The British Council’s inspiring programme of film work. Being on board and appreciating the scale and impact of these projects is hugely exciting.”

Screen International covers the story here.