Film Hub Scotland, as part of The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has allocated emergency funding to independent exhibitors across Scotland through the BFI FAN COVID-19 Resilience Fund, ensuring the survival of these organisations within our sector.
Film Hub Scotland has awarded funding to eight of our members as follows:
Campbeltown Picture House £17,233
The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy £15,000
DCA Dundee Contemporary Arts £15,000
MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling £15,000
Pavilion Cinema, Galashiels £15,000
Glasgow Short Film Festival £8,580
Eastgate Arts, Peebles £3,100
Cromarty Community Cinema £1,000
£1.3m National Lottery funding, plus a £150,000 contribution from the Mayor of London’s Culture at Risk Business Support Fund, has been made available to provide grants to those in critical financial need as they continue to face months of closure and uncertainty. The Fund has supported 130 FAN Members across the UK with awards ranging from £415 to £23,000 each. These include MacRobert Arts Centre in Stirling, Jam Jar Cinema in Whitley Bay, Magic Lantern in Tywyn, and Bounce Cinema in London, supporting exhibitors who often representing the only cultural offer in their local area. Helping to ensure they can survive is crucial, particularly to provide an offer to audiences to support wellbeing after a prolonged period of lockdown and isolation. Read the full announcement on The Bigger Picture here.
Beth Bate, Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts said:
"DCA is delighted to be a recipient of the BFI FAN Resilience Fund: this vital funding will support our cinema team during a time of immense pressure and change to ensure we can reopen our doors to our audiences as soon as possible, with a programme that’s as diverse and exciting as ever."
The BFI also continues to work closely with industry and Government to develop and implement a robust, sector-wide strategy for recovery. Out of its Screen Sector Task Force, a number of working groups are focused on key areas: inward investment; independent film; distribution and exhibition; and television and broadcasting. The BFI has up-to-date industry advice for the sector at www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-answering-questions-screen-sectors.
The UK Cinema Association and the Film Distributors’ Association have been developing guidance to support cinemas reopen. In the first instance, it is likely only multiplexes and larger chains and will be able to open once Government guidance allows, with smaller independent venues hoping to follow later in the year.