The Film Festival Fund is aimed at supporting a broad range of audience facing film festivals, from community provision to sustaining the ambition and reach of those which are of UK or international significance. The Fund aims to support greater sustainability of the sector, encouraging new ideas and initiatives around film festivals, and to incentivise film festivals work together and to engage with the film sector more widely through the UK Audience Network for Film. The BFI has allocated lottery funding of £1 million per year, for the four years from 2013-2017, to the Film Festival Fund.

Funding will be allocated under two strands:

Strand One – supporting film festivals of local/regional significance or which address a specialist theme
Funding for audience development activity within film festivals that offer a strong cultural programme and which serve local/regional audiences or which may have a particular specialist theme enabling them to reach audiences from further across the UK.

Strand Two – supporting film festivals of UK wide or international significance
Funding is available to support audience development activity at UK festivals that have an international or UK-wide reach and profile, enhancing opportunities for the UK film industry and internationally, as well as further increasing audience choice.


Public, community or charitable organisations can apply.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

For more information and how to apply, click here

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