The BFI has allocated Lottery funding of £1 million per year, for the four years from 2013-2017, to the Film Festival Fund. As part of the Audience Fund, the Film Festival Fund supports festivals which provide audiences across the UK with a greater film choice, as well as increasing audiences for specialised and independent British film. The fund has two priorities: Strand 1:
To support audience development activity within film festivals that offer a strong cultural programme and which serve regional/local audiences, or which may have a particular specialist theme enabling them to reach audiences from further across the UK. These festivals are usually focused on public audiences, rather than the film industry, and do not generally attract an industry delegation. New festivals can be supported under this strand as long as they demonstrate a clear cultural vision which meets a gap in provision, are based on audience analysis and need, and demonstrate financial viability.
Awards under Strand 1 will generally be between £5,000 and £15,000, with an upper limit of £50,000.Strand 2:
To support audience development activity at UK film festivals that have an international or UK-wide reach and profile, enhancing opportunities for the UK film industry nationally and internationally, as well as increasing audience choice. New festivals will not be supported under this strand.
Strand 2 is for funding requests over £50,000
This is a rolling application fund. Applications need to be submitted at least 5 months, but no more than 10 months before the start date of your festival. For both strands BFI will require up to 12 weeks to process your application and give you a decision.
NB While this Fund is open to film festivals across the UK, given the existence of alternative funding schemes run by partner agencies (Creative Scotland, Northern Ireland Screen and Ffilm Cymru) the BFI will prioritise festivals that are based in England. Please read the Guidelines for this Fund for further details. For more information and to apply please visit BFI's website.