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BFI Neighbourhood Cinema supports new and established community cinemas all over the UK.

For many people in the UK, regular access to a cinema isn’t possible. There are many reasons why this might be – from living in a remote place, to the nearest cinemas being too expensive or not showing the films everyone wants to watch.

To help bring a cinema experience to more people, BFI Neighbourhood Cinema supports people in launching and sustaining community cinemas: regular film screenings in spaces such as community centres, village halls, or even local pubs. Take a look around our website for practical advice and inspiration about how to run a successful community cinema in your local area - it's completely free for everyone.

We’re also investing in an Equipment Fund scheme, which awards screening equipment to eligible community cinema groups. Alongside this, we’re supporting touring cinemas ­– organisations that take films and the equipment to show them into community venues – through the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Pilot Fund for Touring Cinema Initiatives.

BFI Neighbourhood Cinema is part of the British Film Institute’s Film Forever programme, which aims to boost the UK film industry through funding, education and bringing greater choice to audiences.

Working closely with organisations such as Cinema For All and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO), our aim is to ensure that every person in the UK can access film screenings near them.

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