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BFI FAN: Film Exhibition Fund

The Film Exhibition Fund aims to reboot the independent film exhibition sector and aid the recovery of cultural organisations across the UK. It will support exhibitors to resume audience development activity in line with FAN objectives, programme British, independent and international film, and deliver screenings.

What is The Film Exhibition Fund? 

We are now seeking proposals from Hub members that will help us to meet FAN aims during the period October 2020 – March 2021. 

The Film Exhibition Fund is to support FAN Members to resume cultural programming and engage a broad and diverse audience as they navigate reopening. It is not for new organisations or new projects, as it is geared toward helping existing hub members to reboot activity and re-engage audiences. 

A key priority of the fund is to encourage film exhibitors to embed inclusion and environmental sustainability into their approach to restarting activity. 

The Fund is primarily aimed at Film Hub Scotland Members engaged in year-round audience facing activity. Support is available for sustaining and expanding existing provision including time-limited, regularly occurring activity such as film festivals where they are able to demonstrate an especially strong fit with FAN’s priorities and where they address the strategic needs of the Hub.   

Overall, priority will be given to those Hub members with a demonstrable track record of work that meets FAN’s objectives. 

Film Hub Scotland welcomes collaborative approaches and partnership applications to this fund.  Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this approach further.

You must be a Hub Member in order to access Film Hub Scotland funding opportunities. Our Membership includes organisations of various sizes and shapes - from community cinemas to festivals to multi-arts centres. To become a Member, fill in our online Application Form. Please email us if you are unsure whether you are a current Member.

To apply, download these documents: 
Film Exhibition Fund Guidelines 
Film Exhibition Fund Application Form 
FAN Equal Opportunities Form 
Film Exhibition Fund Budget Template

You can also download FAQs here.

All proposals should respond to Film Hub Scotland’s key strategic objectives, which are outlined in the Guidelines. Hub Members must also be able to set out how they will address the BFI Diversity Standards. You can download the BFI Bullying, Harassment and Racism Policy Template here.

Proposals must also demonstrate how they will operate safely during Covid-19, reference can be made to the UKCA's Cinemas - keeping workers and customers safe during Covid-19 Guidelines.

How much funding can I access? 

Total amount available: £240,000
Awards: up to £10,000
Applications open: Monday 17th August 
Applications close: Wednesday 30th September
Activity window: Oct ’20 - Mar ’21

Activity supported by The Film Exhibition Fund can vary in length, scale and format - all delivery, however, should take place between October 2020 and March 2021. Members can apply for up to £10,000 and support can cover programming, marketing and associated costs.

Due to the limited resources available, and FAN’s commitment to environmental sustainability, Drive-Ins will not be supported through this fund. Online activity will only be considered for support when accompanied by ‘in venue’ work.


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