Film Exhibition Fund
Rebooting independent film exhibition in the North

Funding available

Apply for up to £10,000
Support for core audience development

Dates and deadlines

Applications close: 30 Sept 2020
Activity window: Oct 2020 - Mar 2021

The Film Exhibition Fund is the second stage of our support programme for independent film organisations impacted by Covid-19.

As venues reopen and screenings resume, film exhibitors are returning to operations in a challenging and much-changed environment. What hasn’t changed, though, is our commitment to film culture in the North of England. Audiences, great films and local exhibitors are still at the heart of everything we do. We remain dedicated to developing audiences for a rich variety of cinema. And we understand that this can only be achieved through a sustainable network of organisations that bring people and films together in their own communities.

The Film Exhibition Fund will help make this happen. It will reboot independent film exhibition in the North by supporting organisations’ return to audience development activity, and will ensure that the values of independent film culture play a key part in wider sector recovery. The Film Exhibition Fund is delivered by the BFI Film Audience Network and supported by National Lottery funding.

Am I eligible?

Funding of up to £10,000 is available to a range of organisations delivering activity between mid-October 2020 - March 2021. This includes cinemas, arts centres, festivals and community groups. These organisations should have a track record of audience development activity in line with our strategic objectives. Funding will not support new organisations or projects. Instead, it will help Hub Members to resume their core programming and engagement work.

Apply now

To apply to the Film Exhibition Fund, please read the funding guidelines to confirm that your organisation and proposed activity are eligible for support.

The funding guidelines will also ask you to submit the following documents in support of your application:

Completed paperwork should be returned to: The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 September.

Image: The Dukes, Lancaster (Jess Turton).