Film Audience Network FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to the application process and FAN in general.

Questions relating to the application process

Can I discuss my ideas with someone before I make an application?

In the first instance we recommend that you read the FAN Overview, the Stage One Guidelines and accompanying appendices (these documents are available to download on the Film Audience Network page) along these FAQs. If, after that, you still have any questions you can email us at audiences@bfi.org.uk and we will contact you by email or by phone at a time and a date to suit you. Where appropriate we will arrange a meeting to discuss your questions with you in person. We are likely to add your questions to these FAQs.

How do I make an application?

The application form is available to download from Film Audience Network page.

What information do I need to include in the application?

Please refer to the Guidelines for advice on completing the application form.

How do I check the status of my current application?

When we have received your submission, we will send you a confirmation email. We will let people know as soon as possible if their Stage One application has been successful and in any event within 12 weeks of the closing date for applications.  If we need to request further information from you, it might be later than 12 weeks.

Can I request feedback if I am unsuccessful in Stage One?

Please contact audiences@bfi.org.uk if you would like to request feedback. 

Would you consider a coalition of organisations as an FHLO?

Yes. Applications to become an FHLO can be from a number of different organisations acting as a partnership, but the application must be made in the name of one organisation. 

I’m interested in applying to become an FHLO; is there any further information available for the Hub region I’m interested in?

Yes. Please contact audiences@bfi.org.uk and we will discuss what information is available to you.

Do letters of support need to be unique to a candidate FHLO?

No. Organisations may provide letters of support to more than one potential FHLO if they feel that they have the track record and capability to make an effective Hub lead.

Is there further information available on the cross-FAN areas? 

Please read the Stage One Guidelines or the FAN Overview for information on this area. Further details will be made available to those applicants that are successful at Stage One but if at this stage you have a specific question regarding cross-FAN activity then you can contact audiences@bfi.org.uk.

Questions relating to FAN

How will the new FAN differ from the first version?

Please read the document FAN 2017-22: An Overview – for a detailed description of the key changes in FAN.

Why have you changed the Hub boundaries from the previous version of FAN?

Please see the FAN Overview document for more information on this.

How does the new talent development role fit within the Film Audience Network?

For the first time, we are uniting the audience and talent development work we fund. This aims to bring new and emerging filmmakers closer to audiences, film exhibition and curation. We hope it will also give audiences opportunities to gain insights into brand new work and the most exciting talent in their regions. Being located in vibrant film hubs will mean that NETWORK’s talent developers are best placed to identify and support the most diverse range of new filmmakers.    

Why will only the English Hubs be leading on talent development?

BFI NETWORK is a UK-wide project that uses a number of partners to deliver talent development. In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland we have current partners in the form of Ffilm Cymru Wales, Scottish Film Talent Network and Northern Ireland Screen respectively. We are not looking to re-allocate the delivery of our talent development outside of England, but will be asking our NETWORK partners in these nations and regions to collaborate with their FHLO to maximise benefits to filmmakers and audiences.

Will existing members have to reapply to join FAN?

The proposed boundary changes may mean that some members will transfer Hubs. As part of the review of FAN we are planning to revisit and streamline Hub membership and whilst this is unlikely to require existing members to re-apply, we may take this opportunity to refresh and verify members’ status.

I have a project being supported through FAN at the moment, will this support continue?

Yes – any confirmed projects that are underway will be supported to the end date agreed with your current FHLO. If required, arrangements will be put in place to ensure the smooth transfer of project oversight to a new FHLO.

I run a film festival, how will FAN support me?

Film festivals should engage with their local Hub over the coming months to stay abreast of developments across FAN.

If you run a local film festival which takes place within the boundaries of a single Hub region, you will be able to seek financial support from FAN from April 2018 onwards– subject to meeting the priorities of BFI2022 and the Hub itself. Those projects which are of larger scale or which operate across multiple Hub regions may apply to the BFI Audience Fund for support.

I run a film festival that has previously received funding from the BFI Film Festivals Fund – where should I apply in future?

Film festivals taking place in 2017-18 can continue to apply to the BFI Audience Fund for support. 

Local film festivals taking place from April 2018 onwards will be able to seek financial support from their Hub – subject to the priorities of BFI2022 and the Hub itself.   

In order to ensure a joined up approach, the BFI and FHLOs will work closely on decisions regarding support for film festivals.  Please note however, that previous receipt of funding from the BFI should not be taken as a guarantee of future support – either from FAN or from the BFI.

I run a community cinema touring project, where should I go for funding support?

Touring operators should engage with their local Hub over the coming months to stay abreast of developments across FAN.

If your touring project takes place within the boundaries of a single Hub region, you will be able to seek support from FAN – subject to meeting the priorities of BFI2022 and the Hub itself. Those projects which operate across multiple Hub regions can apply to the BFI Audience Fund for funding.

In order to ensure a joined up approach, the BFI and FHLOs will work closely on decisions regarding support for touring projects.  Please note however, that previous receipt of funding from the BFI should not be taken as a guarantee of future support – either from FAN or from the BFI.

I’m a filmmaker, how will FAN support me?

During 2018 FHLOs in England will start providing BFI NETWORK talent development for new and emerging filmmakers. This means the hubs, in collaboration with the BFI Film Fund, will be responsible for working with writers, directors and producers on the way to their first feature. Eligible filmmakers will be able to seek support for short films and the development of feature ideas, and also connect with professional development opportunities.

How soon will the new FAN be up and running?

We will be putting in place the FAN structures through 2017 and the new FAN will be fully operational from January 2018. We have made arrangements to ensure there is no break in activity simply as a result of these structural changes.

Where can I find information about previous Lottery awards made by the BFI Audiences team?

You can search the funding awards for projects and organisations made since April 2011 in the BFI Lottery database. You can choose the range of awards you’re interested in through selecting a specific activity under the ‘type’ box.

My question has not been answered here. How do I contact you?

Please submit your query at audiences@bfi.org.uk.

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