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.
The fund is now closed and there will be another round in March 2014.