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

Applications to the Film Festival Fund are now closed and the next deadlines will be announced shortly.

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, or wish to register your interest, get in touch using our contact form.

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