FAN Film Exhibition Fund 2023-26

Apply to the Film exhibition Fund (FEF) for awards of up to £10,000 per year.

As part of FAN, Film Hub South West has been awarded funding from the BFI National Lottery  to support member organisations across the region to create more opportunities for people to engage with a diverse range of films and moving image where they are; delivering against the priorities set out in in BFI’s Screen Culture 2033 strategy.

What is the Film Exhibition Fund? 

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) reaches out across the UK to ensure people have the maximum possible opportunity to watch and enjoy a diverse range of films and moving image, regardless of geography or circumstance.

The fund is open to South West based exhibitors that are Film Audience Network member organisations including cinemas, mixed arts centres, community cinemas, film societies, film festivals, touring operators and other film exhibition organisations.

Apply for support of £2,000 up to £10,000, covering costs such as programming, marketing, access costs and wraparound events.

For project funding of up to £2,000, please see Rolling Audience Pitch Pot

The majority of the fund will support activity taking place from July 2023 – March 2026.

If your plans include single project activity during April – June 2023, or multi-year projects (during the period of July 2023 until 31 March 2026), please get in touch with the team before applying.

* Not a member? Find out more and join here. 

Guidelines for Applications  

Please ensure that you read our 2023-26 guidelines in full before making your application. 

If you still have questions, first check out our FAQ on the FAN Film Exhibition Fund here 

Feel free to get in touch with the team to discuss your proposal ahead of applying for any guidance or assistance:

  • Screen Culture 2023-24 Film Exhibition Fund Guidelines Download
  • Screen Culture 2023-24 Film Exhibition Fund Guideline Planning Document (plain text) Download

Key dates and Information

Total amount available in the South West: circa £73,000 (annually)

  • Funding range: £2,000 to £10,000
  • Applications open:  Wed 29 March 2023
  • Activity window: July 2023 – April 2024
  • First round Deadline: Applications close: 5pm Mon 29 May 2023
  • Decisions will be confirmed by the end of June 2023
  • Second round Deadline: Applications close: 5pm Mon 4 Sept 2023
  • Decisions will be confirmed by beginning of October 2023
  • Annual projects – July 2023 – March 2024; if your plans include activity during April – June 2023, please get in touch with the team before applying.
  • Multi-year projects: If you are interested in developing a project that will run over more than one year, see below for more information, and please get in touch with the team before applying:

How to Apply

Start by reading the full guidelines to ensure your activity fits the eligibility criteria and investment priorities outlined.  

For accessibility, and for those who want to see the application form offline first, a Word version can be found here, and at the bottom of the page.   

If you have access requirements and would like to submit your application in another way, get in touch with Neil Ramjee who will be happy to discuss this:   


Find out more here.  

To apply, you will need to include the following additional documents: 

An FAQ  can be found here that will be updated as questions arise. 


  • FAN Film Exhibition Fund Application 2023-24 WORD Download

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