Eva Yates named new Director of BBC Film

Eva Yates appointed as new director of BBC film

BBC Content Director Charlotte Moore has announced the appointment of Eva Yates as the new director of BBC Film.

BBC Film develops and co-produces approximately 12 to 15 feature films per year. Along with that roster, Yates will also oversee the documentary Storyville, now under the new leadership of Philippa Kwarsky.

As a Director, you will lead a team that will work closely with writers and directors “to nurture, develop and support the best creative talent in the industry”; Responsible for delivery across the BBC TV group and iPlayer.

BBC Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore says: “Eva brings a wealth of experience to this role and is highly respected in the UK film industry. She has built relationships with many of the UK’s leading filmmakers, has a passion for nurturing new talent, and has appointed True to quality and I know it will continue to support the ambitious line-up of films we’ve seen shine in recent years. I’m excited to see Eva leading BBC Film in the future.”

Eva Yates says: “BBC Film is a unique and special place: a home for filmmakers to discover, create and showcase their best work, so the opportunity to lead it to a new stage is simply too good to miss. It is a great privilege to work within the very ambitious BBC at The British film and creative field is under the stewardship of Charlotte Moore and the reins of leadership from Rose Garnett, who is an exceptional creative leader, colleague and dear friend to all of us. If the filmmakers, ambition and change we’ve seen in the past five years are any indication, we have very exciting times ahead.”

Eva Yates joined the BBC in 2017. As BBC Commissioner and Executive Producer, Eva Yates has commissioned more than 30 feature films, most recently a six-time BIFA winner directed by Alim Khan, after After Love was selected for the Week critics festival. Cannes and Telluride Week 2020, won Best Actress BAFTA Award for Joanna Scanlan; Harry Wutliff’s second film, True Things, starring Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke; Tom Hardiman’s Medusa Deluxe and Stacey Gregg’s Here before starring Andrea Riseborough.

Yates’ other credits to BBC executive producers include Aneil Karia Surge’s first feature film starring Ben Whishaw; Supernova Harry McQueen with Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth; Lynn + Lucy, Fayzal Boliva’s debut; Mojul Mowgli, Bassam Tariq, starring and co-written by Riz Ahmed; Blue Story by Andrew Rappman Onopolo; 1st BAFTA Award Winner for Remi Weekes, his home; iFeatures Make Up by Claire Oakley and Perfect 10 by Eva Riley; Sundance; Sasha Pollack; Beaten by Dirty God; and Akinola Davies’ Lizard, winner of the Sundance Grand Prix for the jury.

Upcoming features include Daina O. Pusic Tuesday starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lola Petticru and Arinzi Kane; Raine Allen Miller South London Rom-com Rye Lane; The Aftersun by Charlotte Wells which will premiere at Critics’ Week at Cannes 2022; And the upcoming debuts are Charlotte Reagan, Dionne Edwards, Adora Unachil and Georgia Oakley.

Prior to joining the BBC, Yates worked for eight years as Executive Director at Film4, producing CEO Rongano Nyoni I Am Not A Witch, which debuted in Director of Fortnight and won a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Appearance; So Long starring Michaela Coel and over 20 short films including Jonah directed by Kibwe Tavares starring Daniel Kaluya and BAFTA nominee Aneil Karia. Other credits include American Honey, Carol, 45 Years, Suffragette, Disobedience, and The Duke of Burgundy.

She worked closely with the Wellcome Trust in creating the Wellcome Screenwriting Fellowship, and advised BIFA, NFTS, and several new talent schemes. Eva began her career in the arts at BBC Scotland, and in production and development roles including the British Film Council and Revolution Films where she worked on Road to Guantanamo, The Red Riding Trilogy, and Samantha Morton’s The Unloved.

John Kramer

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