Curious
Funding for archive film events investigating the unexplored and unexpected

Funding Available

Awards up to £10,000
Funding for archive film events

Dates and deadlines

Applications close: 19 August 2022
Activity window: June 2022 - October 2022

CURIOUS is a programme supporting archive film events across the UK which celebrate the human desire to learn more about the people and things around us.

Taking place between June - October 2022, CURIOUS will support screenings that explore stories within the archives which are unfamiliar, under-appreciated or of particular importance to audiences today. It is a chance to celebrate the collections of our National and Regional Film Archives and invite audiences to experience something new through the moving images of the past.

Funding is available for archive film events which look beneath the surface and unearth new stories about our communities. These might be traditional ways of life long forgotten or alternative lifestyles, underrepresented experiences of UK communities and scientific discoveries and technological explorations that emerged from the human drive to answer the question ‘what if?’

In addition to these thematic prompts, we are especially interested in receiving proposals that complement the StoryTrails project which is taking place during the summer and autumn of 2022 and forms part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

Check out the CURIOUS Creative Brief for more information on the theme, StoryTrails and suggested viewing to kick-start your archive projects. And if you need some help in how to go about planning and delivering your event, check out our Screen Heritage Best Practice Guide. 

For more information on the fund, its aims and eligibility criteria, take a look at the funding guidelines . If you have access requirements that mean you need assistance when applying for funds, you can request help through the BFI Access Support Scheme. Please get in touch with our Screen Heritage Producer Andy Robson if you have any initial questions about your project: andy@filmhubnorth.org.uk

Download the Creative Brief

Download our Best Practice Guide

Download the Guidelines 

A plain text version of these documents can be found below:

CURIOUS is part of Changing Times: the UK-wide Screen Heritage programme we manage on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.  It is presented in collaboration with Film Feels being run by Film Hub Midlands. If you are interested in developing a programme consisting of independent, national and international short, mid and feature films then head to Film Feels to read more about the opportunities involved.

Image credit: Side Cinema (taken by Carl Joyce)