In her role as Industry Inclusion Executive, Melanie Hoyes advocates for increased access and equity in the UK film sector as well as consulting and partnering with global partners to embed diversity and inclusion into policy and practice.

She completed a BFI research project to historically map ethnic diversity in onscreen representation in UK film for the Black Star season at the BFI Southbank in 2016, ground breaking research and data methodology which she continues to speak about to a variety of audiences. The research was also written up in a piece in Sight & Sound Magazine and included in an academic collection of essays around black Film and British Cinema.

Hoyes holds a BA in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick (2001) as well as an MA in History of Film and Visual Media from Birbeck, the University of London (2005).

She was born in 1978 in London, where she continues to live and work.

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