Head of BFI YACF
Jackie joined the BFI in 2019 to shape and launch the Young Audiences Content Fund. She was the BBC’s Head of Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation since 2015, delivering programming for 0-16 year olds. As well as overseeing the strategy for her department, Edwards was responsible for pre-buying and acquiring live-action and animated programming. She joined the BBC in 2008 as CBeebies Content Manager and later as Executive Producer, working on programmes including ‘Tree Fu Tom’, ‘Octonauts’, ‘Bing’, ‘Rastamouse’ and ‘Clangers’.
Prior to the BBC, Edwards was a freelancer, working on the development, finance and production of shows for a variety of companies such as LEGO, CBBC, Three Stones Media and Mackinnon and Saunders. She started her television career in animation in 1995 as a production assistant with Hibbert Ralph Entertainment (later Silver Fox Films), going on to produce many prestigious specials and award-winning series.
The YACF – A User’s Guide
What is the Young Audiences Content Fund? Jackie Edwards and her team give us the inside scoop on the aims of the new £57m fund, what to submit, and how!
Speed Meetings: The YACF and BFI Certification
Speakers listed here are available for five-minute one-to-one advice meetings. Come to the Workstation Reception to book your slot. There is no advance booking – it is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss out.
A panel that examines the vital place of locally focussed and produced drama in the audience's entertainment mix.