Regional applications are now open for the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund which was founded to help restart the independent film exhibition sector by supporting screening activity which engages in-person audiences with British, independent and international film.
This year, the Film Exhibition Fund will continue to reboot the independent film exhibition sector and aid the cultural organisations around the country.
The focus of the scheme will be to support exhibitors and continue to audience development activity in line with FAN objectives, programming British, independent and international film, and delivering screenings.
Funding can support a range of costs, including staffing, programming and marketing expenses for traditional screenings as well as hybrid and online events.
All proposals must also be able to set out how they will address the BFI Diversity Standards and sign up to the BFI Anti-Bullying and Harassment Principles, as well as demonstrate how they will operate safely during COVID-19, reference can be made to the UKCA’s Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during Covid-19 Guidelines.
BFI FAN is a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs managed by leading film organisations across the UK, who will award the funding in their region or nation.
This BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund will enable FAN Members to deliver a broad range of programming once they restart, ensuring excellent British and international independent cinema is available to audiences all over the UK. Other priorities of the Fund are incentivising exhibitors to embed inclusion and environmental sustainability into their approach to reopening, post shut down.
Activity can vary in length, scale and format. Members can apply for up to £5,000 (note that there are slight regional variations on this) and support can cover programming, marketing and associated costs.