FAN Film Exhibition Fund

This fund is currently closed for applications and the below is for reference only.

Please have a look at the application process ahead of applications reopening in 2022. We have many more funding and training opportunities available across the hub. 

What is the FAN Film Exhibition Fund  

The FAN Exhibition Film Fund supports FAN Members to restart cultural programming and engage a broad and diverse audience. It is geared toward helping hub members to reboot activity and re- engage audiences rather than creating brand new projects.

The fund will support activity taking place from July 2021 – March 2022. Support of £1,000 up to £10,000 available covering costs such as programming, marketing and guest speakers. The fund is open to the entire range of organisations in Film Hub South West’s exhibitor network including cinemas, mixed arts centres, community cinemas, film societies, film festivals, touring operators and other film exhibition organisations.

All proposals should respond to the fund’s key strategic objectives and focus areas, which are outlined in the following pages. Hub Members must also be able to set out how they will address the BFI’s Diversity Standards and sign up to the BFI Anti-Bullying and Harassment Principles.

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

The primary focus of the Film Exhibition Fund is in-person events that bring audiences together for a communal viewing experience. Organisations delivering in-person events should be aware of local restrictions and industry advice regarding Covid-19 safety measures, and may wish to refer to the UKCA’s guidelines: Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during Covid-19.

Projects involving online and hybrid events will be considered where this represents a valuable opportunity for audience development (see Additional Considerations for more information).

Due to the limited resources available, and FAN’s commitment to environmental sustainability, Drive-Ins will not be supported through this fund.

What will the fund support?

Activity supported by The FAN Film Exhibition Fund can vary in length, scale and format – all project delivery, however, should take place between late October 2020 and March 2021. We anticipate awards will range between £1,000 – £10,000 covering 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 a priority when accompanied by ‘in venue’ work.

Note that recipients of a 2020-21 Film Exhibition Fund or Audience Pitch Pot funding need to have completed their activity and reporting before being able to access further funding. 

Please read the full guidelines for details of activity we can and cannot support and additional considerations are available here.

Strategic Objectives

Cultural Engagement

Our ambition is to give everyone, everywhere in the UK the opportunity to engage with the richest and most diverse range of great British independent and international film, past, present and future. The primary objective of this fund is to support exhibitors to re-start screenings and re-engage audiences with culturally valuable film programmes across the region. All activity supported through the fund should aim to increase in-person audiences for British independent and international films in the South West 

Beyond this, there are 3 key focus areas and other considerations which inform the Film Exhibition Fund’s wider objectives. These are outlined in the following pages and include Film Hub South West’s ambitions of developing young audiences, promoting inclusivity and showcasing screen heritage.  

Applications which effectively respond to one or more of these focus areas will be given priority. 

  • Developing young audiences (16-30)

Young audiences are key to the health of the exhibition sector both now and in the future. By engaging with young people, organisations can introduce new audiences to their work and foster future generations of cinemagoers. Activity focused on young audiences may target a segment of the 16- 30 audience or the age group as a whole.

  • Promoting inclusivity

We are committed to ensuring that the breadth of our communities are able to enjoy a range of film and are working to tackle under-representation in the exhibition industry: be that on our screens, in the workforce or among audiences. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that address under-representation among disabled, LGBTQ+ and under-represented ethnic groups. 

  • Showcasing Screen Heritage

Screen heritage material deepens our understanding of both the past and present. The fund can support activity that showcase various types of screen heritage material. These are: footage from the national and regional archives (such as The Box Archive), footage from other moving image collections, and films from UK and world cinema history. If your proposed activity includes archival material, please ensure you have contacted the relevant collection before applying.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

BFI Diversity Standards

In line with the BFI’s Diversity Standards, funded activity should take into consideration under-representation in relation to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+, religion and belief (as they pertain to the Equality Act 2010), as well as socio-economic background and geographical location.  

We are particularly committed to ensuring disproportionately affected audiences, such as under-represented ethnic groups, disabled, D/deaf, and neurodivergent people, can experience independent film and be welcomed into cinema spaces. We strongly encourage activity aimed at and/or co-produced with these groups.  

All FAN Film Exhibition Fund proposals will be asked to demonstrate how their activity promotes inclusivity among audiences, on screen and in the workforce. 

We ask that all proposals embrace the Standards, and priority will be given to proposals that do this in a clear and convincing way. Applicants should particularly focus on Standard D and how their proposal provides inclusive audience development opportunities. 


Responding to the BFI Diversity Standards  

We’ve provided a brief guide of the sort of information you should provide under each Standard below. The Hub team is on hand to help applicants interpret the Standards, please get in touch for more information. 

  • Standard A – On screen representation:Tell us about your film programme; does it feature meaningful representations of lead characters and supporting characters from under-represented groups? Do the films feature themes, stories or locations not often seen in cinema?  
  • Standard B – Project team:Tell us about your team; are key personnel representative of your local area and/or the project’s intentions? If your project involves recruitment or partnership working, are processes in place to ensure these opportunities are inclusive? Smaller project teams may wish to discuss volunteer/community participants and/or the filmmaking teams represented in their programme.   
  • Standard C – Industry access:Tell us about any professional or informal development opportunities; will the project team take part in training or mentoring programmes? Will your activity provide new employment opportunities or career progression for team members from under-represented groups? Will you be engaging community groups or participants?  
  • Standard D – Audience development:Tell us about your audiences; are you planning to engage under- represented groups? How will you do this – do you have a community engagement strategy or appropriate partnerships in place? What steps are you taking to make your events accessible and welcoming to disabled audiences?  


Who can apply?

To access our funding opportunities, you must be a Film Hub South West member organisation. Our Membership includes organisations of various sizes and shapes – from community cinemas and festivals to multi-arts centres and touring operators. If you are not already a member, please visit here for membership eligibility and register online, before submitting your application. 

Organisations who have received previous support from the Film Exhibition Fund or the BFI Culture Recovery Fund are eligible to apply. Proposals from these organisations should be for new work or the continuation of activity which has not been supported under existing funding arrangements.  

We can only accept applications from legally constituted organisations operating in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Somerset and Wiltshire. A legally constituted organisation may be one of the following: 

  • A charity
  • Private company limited by guarantee or shares, including CICs.
  • Legally constituted partnerships
  • Local authorities
  • Other public sector bodies
  • Universities

Who Cannot Apply? 

This fund is not open to individuals, un-constituted organisations or non-Film Hub member organisations

You can apply for membership here. 

Film Hub Lead organisations are not eligible to apply. 

Recipients of a 2020-21 Film Exhibition Fund funding need to have completed their activity and reporting before being eligible for this Fund. 

How much can you apply for? 

Funding rangecirca £1,000* to £10,000 

Average Allocation (based on 2020-21): £5111 

* If you would like to apply for a smaller amount and/or for online activity only, we recommend you apply to our rolling Audience Pitch Pot.  

Please note that we are not able to fund 100% of activity costs. We expect to see box office income and other partnership support – whether in cash, volunteer time or other in-kind contributions – included in the budget (circa 20%.)  

The total pot available for this call for South West members is £70,161. 

Bath Film / Anna Barclay

How to apply

This fund is now closed

You can apply for the FAN Film Exhibition Fund for 2021– 2either in April or September 2021 for activity from July 2021 – March 2022 (see the timetable below.) 

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

If you have access requirements (e.g., easy read documents), would like to submit your application in another way or have queries about the application process, get in touch with Neil Ramjee who will be happy to discuss this:  

If you have access requirements that mean you need assistance when applying for funds, you may be able to request financial support through the BFI Access Support Scheme.  


Find outmore information here. 

Note that you will need to include the following additional documents:

For accessibility, and so people that want to fill in offline, a Word version of the form can be found here.   

Please email the completed form to with accompanying documents by the submission deadline. 

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


This fund is now CLOSED.

Applications open: 9am 6 April 2021  

Applications close: 5pm Tue 7 Sept 2021

  • 2nd Round confirmed by beginning of October 
  • Activity window: midOctober ‘21– March ‘22
  • Application Form - WORD VERSION Download
  • FAN Film Exhibition Fund Guidelines - 2021-22 Download
  • FULL FAN Film Exhibition Fund Guidelines 2021_22 Plain Text version WORD VERSION Download
  • FAN Film Exhibition Fund 2021 - 22 Budget Template - Film Hub South West Download
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 2021-22 WORD Download

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