Festivals are a key part of our cultural infrastructure: they inspire audiences, artists, filmmakers and professionals alike. We believe they have the potential to make a substantial contribution to the attainment of the BFI’s three strategic priorities for 2013-2017, as outlined in Film Forever.
The BFI has allocated Lottery funding of £1 million per year, for the four years from 2013-2017, to the Film Festival Fund. As part of the Audience Fund, the Film Festival Fund seeks to support festivals which provide a greater depth and breadth of film and increase choice to audiences across the UK as well as increasing audiences for specialised and independent British film.
The fund has two priorities:
- Strand 1: To support audience development activity within film festivals that offer a strong cultural programme and which serve regional/local audiences or which may have a particular specialist theme enabling them to reach audiences from further across the UK. Such festivals are usually focused on audiences rather than industry and do not generally attract industry delegation. New festivals can be supported under this strand as long as they demonstrate a clear cultural vision which meets a gap in provision, are based on audience analysis and need and demonstrate financial viability.
- Strand 2: To support audience development activity at UK film festivals that have an international or UK-wide reach and profile, enhancing opportunities for the UK film industry nationally and internationally, as well as further increasing audience choice. New festivals will not be supported under this strand.
How to apply
Before applying to the Film Festival Fund please read both the overview document and the guidelines below. These documents have been updated since the last call for applications and the below documents supersede all previously published versions, so please ensure you read these before starting your application.
To make an application to the Film Festival Fund please proceed to the application form. You will need to either sign in with your existing account details or create a new account login if this is your first application using our online system.
To continue with an in-progress application, use the account login.
You will also need to complete the following templates and include these with your application:
The application deadline is midday, Tuesday 22 April 2014.
Contacting us and FAQ
Please refer to the frequently asked questions before contacting the Partnerships team, as these may help answer your queries. If you still have a query after reading the FAQ and all the related documents, then please use the contact form to contact us.
Please note that the BFI offices will be closed from 6pm on Thursday 17 April until 9.30am on Tuesday 22 April 2014 due to bank holidays. Please bear these dates in mind should you have any queries regarding your application.