The Cinema Incentive Scheme is back, as cinemas prepare to reopen their doors in 2021.
The scheme aims to encourage member venues to take more risks within their annual programme, to increase opportunities for diverse audiences to experience a broader range of cinema beyond the mainstream and to develop the UK market for a wider range of film.
It supports and encourages more risk taking in programming, particularly for smaller venues who are under enormous pressure to cut back on riskier titles to make way for more 'popular' films. It could really change the landscape of programming... Plymouth Arts Centre
The scheme offers an incentive to encourage members to increase the proportion of British independent and international titles within their annual programme.
In response to the COVID-19 context, we have adapted this scheme in 2021 to provide an award upfront for venues that can demonstrate their eligibility for the scheme. We will base eligibility on assessment of screening figures from 2019.
We are offering a scaled upfront award between £500 – £2,000 towards programming and audience development costs for venues that can demonstrate a commitment to cultural film programming.
All venues that have previously participated in the scheme will be offered this upfront award automatically.
Venues that are new to the scheme are asked to submit screening figures for 2019 (1/1/2019 – 31/12/2019) by Mon 6th September 2021.
All venues within the Film Hub South West membership that present more than *100 public screenings a year are invited to apply for the Cinema Incentive Scheme. (*based on 2019 figures.)
A sliding award is offered to support full-time venues (showing a minimum of 300 screenings per year*) that demonstrate a commitment to screening British independent or international (specialised) films as part of their annual programme, as follows:
Full-time venues screening less than 40% specialised films are not eligible for an award.
*based on 2019 figures.
A sliding award is offered to support part-time venues (offering a minimum of 70 screenings per year*) that demonstrate a commitment to screening British independent or international (specialised) films as part of their annual programme, as follows:
Part-time venues screening less than 50% specialised films are not eligible for an award.
*based on 2019 figures.
Ordinarily, eligibility for this scheme is assessed based on the previous year’s annual screening figures. However, due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2021, we will base eligibility on 2019 screening figures and the percentage of British independent and international screenings.
At the point of initial assessment, the number of screenings of British independent and international cinema for each applying venue will form that venue’s baseline.
In line with BFI priorities, bonus points will be awarded for:
The level of bonus each participating venue will receive will be calculated based on 2021 screening figures, (1st January 2021, or date from which screenings commence in 2021 – 31st December 2021) to be submitted to the Film Hub by 7th February 2022.
How Bonus Awards are calculated:
The size of the bonus pot depends on the number of participating venues. We anticipate that after fixed awards are paid out, the bonus pot will be c. £20,000.
Please note there will be a cap of 20% of the available bonus pot for any one venue, therefore a maximum potential bonus award of £4,000.
Please download this spreadsheet and send it back to Neil Ramjee at email@example.com with your 2019 screening figures by Mon 6 September 2021, 5pm. Please ensure you have included film titles, number of screenings and admission numbers for each and where possible complete the other columns.
Please include your venue name and CIS 2021 application in the subject of your email.
Absolutely fantastic. Just what cinema in general needs. With cinemas being financially freer to show a more diverse variety of film there is more opportunity to encourage cinema audiences in general to broaden their viewing Gloucester Guildhall
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