BFI Audience Fund

In BFI2022 we set out our commitment to giving everyone, everywhere in the UK the opportunity to enjoy and learn from the richest and most diverse range of great British and international filmmaking, past, present and future.

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.

Make a BFI Audience Fund application

If you already have an account and want to access any previous applications, use the link below.

Account login

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.

Budget templates:

For assistance with making an application or for any queries relating to the BFI Audience Fund, contact

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.

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  • Film Audience Network

    Film Audience Network

    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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