Film Festival Fund

Film festivals give audiences the opportunity to engage with a wide range of British and international films, celebrating the rich diversity of life in the UK and beyond.

Festivals are a key part of our cultural infrastructure: they inspire audiences, artists, filmmakers and professionals alike. We believe they can help us achieve our 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 supports festivals which provide audiences across the UK with a greater film choice, 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. These festivals are usually focused on public audiences, rather than the film industry, and do not generally attract an 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 increasing audience choice. New festivals will not be supported under this strand.

How to apply

The Film Festival Fund is now closed to applications. Please check back on this page as we will announce here when the fund will open again for applications early in 2015.

If you have any queries regarding this fund please contact

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