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BFI Statistical Yearbook 2011

The British Film Institute (BFI ) has announced the results of its 2011 Statistical Yearbook, an authoritative snapshot of the film landscape in the UK over the last 12 months.

Headline statistics in the Yearbook include:

  • 62% of the UK population said they went to the cinema at least once a year, up from 60% in 2009
  • Women made up 12% (17% in 2009) of the screenwriters of UK films released in the UK in 2010 and 13% (17% in 2009) of the directors.
  • In 2009/10, £21 million was spent on education, young people and lifelong learning by the national and regional screen agencies, up from £19 million in 2007/08.
  • There were 4,252 students enrolled in higher education film studies courses in 2009/10, an increase of 273% on 2002/03.
  • 392 moving image education providers were operating in the UK in 2011; nearly one quarter were production companies and one-fifth were venues.
  • Online video rental of feature films accounted for 56% of all rental transactions of feature films in 2010.
  • The total Video on Demand and near-Video on Demand (nVoD) film market was estimated to be worth £159 million in 2010, up 22% on 2009.

The full report, 2011 Statistical Yearbook, can be found at


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