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BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund

Find out if your community is eligible to apply for new equipment through the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund.

  • A projector

With an increasing number of community venues showing film throughout the UK, the BFI would like to help by awarding equipment through its Equipment Fund.

We want to help improve presentation quality at community cinema screenings to bring an improved cinematic experience to audiences everywhere. From DVD and Blu-ray players to blackout blinds and comfortable seating, we will be working with our partners at Saville Audio Visual to award new equipment packages.

To apply, your cinema needs to have been up and running for at least six months, regularly showing films to at least 30 people at each screening. This is so that we can be sure the equipment will be used to the greatest possible benefit. See if you're eligible.

We also fund touring cinemas to inspire and support activity in new areas through the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Pilot Fund. Touring cinemas will also encourage existing community cinemas to show more British and specialised films.

Other funding and support opportunities

If your cinema is not eligible to apply for the fund, take a look at our guides on funding for your cinema or organisations that support community cinema for other opportunities.

Our tips and ideas can help grow your community cinema, and there may be equipment available to borrow from cinemas near you.