In BFI2022 – their new 5-year strategy – the BFI set out their 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.
Using funding from the National Lottery, the BFI Audience Fund (which replaces the separate Distribution, Film Festival, Programming Development and Neighbourhood Cinema Funds which ran until March 2017) is central to this commitment. This Fund is underpinned by the BFI’s desire 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 Audience Fund is designed to support ambitious activities and has up to £5.6m to commit annually. There are two types of awards available: Project Awards and Organisational Awards. Project Awards
The BFI expect the majority of awards approved to be between £20,000 and £50,000 with an upper limit for proposals of exceptional scale or ambition of £200,000.
Applications for Project awards will be accepted on a rolling basis at least 16 weeks before the start of the proposed project. Organisational Awards
The BFI expect the majority of awards approved to be between £50,000 and £200,000. At their discretion the BFI may make Organisational awards over £200,000. Applications for Project awards will be accepted on a rolling basis at least 16 weeks before the start of the proposed project.
Applications for Organisational awards will be accepted throughout November each year. Decisions will be made by March ahead of the new financial year.For more information and to apply please visit the BFI’s website.