Awarding funds from the National Lottery, the BFI Audience Fund (which replaced the separate Distribution, Film Festival, Programming Development and Neighbourhood Cinema Funds which ran until March 2017) is an open access, flexible fund welcoming funding applications for a range of audience-facing activities. The Fund aims to boost diversity and inclusivity, and to build a broad film culture across the UK which recognises and values the quality of difference and seeks to rebalance under-representation on screen, in the workforce and in audiences.
The BFI also supports film audience initiatives through the BFI Film Audience Network. Read more about the BFI Film Audience Network.
There are two types of awards available from the BFI Audience Fund:
- Project awards
- Organisational awards
Please note that the Organisational Award strand is now closed to applications. There will not be a call for new applications in 2020-21.
For more information and before making an application, please read the BFI Audience Fund guidelines.
How to apply
To make a new application, use the link below. If you are a new applicant to the BFI Audience Fund, you will need to create an account before completing the application form.
If you already have an account and want to access any previous applications, use the link below.
All applications must be submitted with an income and expenditure budget on the relevant BFI Audience Fund template supplied below and an environmental sustainability policy.
For assistance with making an application or for any queries relating to the BFI Audience Fund, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can provide assistance to applicants who have a disability, are D/deaf, have a visual or hearing impairment or are neurodiverse, where this support is needed in order for someone to make an application to the BFI Audience Fund. Visit Access support for BFI Film Fund and Film Audience Network applicants for information.
The BFI Film Audience Network is a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs managed by leading film organisations across the UK.
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