FAN Film Exhibition Fund


Film Hub Members can now apply for awards of up to £10,000 to support the costs of re-engaging audiences and rebooting their cultural cinema programme.

What is the FAN Film Exhibition Fund  

We are now seeking proposals from Hub members that will help us to meet FAN aims during the period late October 2020 – March 2021. 

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

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

The Fund is primarily aimed at Film Hub South West Members engaged in year-round audience facing activity. Support is available for sustaining and expanding existing provision including time-limited, regularly occurring activity such as film festivals where they are able to demonstrate an especially strong fit with FAN’s priorities and where they address the strategic needs of the Hub.   

Overall, priority will be given to those Hub members with a demonstrable track record of work that meets FAN’s objectives.  All proposals should respond to Film Hub South West’s key strategic objectives, 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.

Proposals must also demonstrate how they will operate safely in the context of Covid-19, reference can be made to the UKCA’s Cinemas – keeping workers and customers safe during Covid-19 Guidelines. 

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.

Strategic Objectives

The following are key priorities for Film Hub South West, proposals must be focussed on one or more of these areas:

  • 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 and international filmmaking, past, present and future. Cultural Cinema should be for everyone, everywhere. This fund aims to maximise the number of audiences engaging with independent film across our region. 

  • 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 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 proposals that address under-representation among disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ groups.

  • Showcasing Screen Heritage

Screen heritage material deepens our understanding of both the past and present. The fund can support activities that showcase various types of screen heritage material. These are: footage from the national and regional archives, footage from other moving image collections, and films from UK and world cinema history. If your proposal 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 Diversity Standards we encourage activity aimed at, and/or co-produced with, under-represented groups. The Standards focus on 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 Black, disabled, D/deaf, and neurodivergent people, can experience independent film and be welcomed into cinema spaces. All 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.  

The Hub team is on hand to help applicants interpret the Standards, please get in touch for more information.  

Please read the full guidelines for details of activity we can and cannot support and additional considerations, including Environmental Sustainability and Safeguarding. Available here as an Html version.

Who is eligible to apply?

In order to seek financial support you must be a Film Hub South West member organisation. Our Membership includes organisations of various sizes and shapes – from community cinemas to festivals to multi-arts centres.  If you are not already a member, please review the membership eligibility and register online, before submitting your application form.

We can only accept investment submissions from legally constituted organisations operating in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Somerset.


The Rex Cinema in Wareham

How to apply

Before you apply you must download and read the guidelines below to ensure your activity fits the eligibility criteria and investment priorities outlined. 

If you have particular 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 our team who will be happy to discuss this: / 07791 630 667.

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 out more information here.  

Submit your application online

before the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 30th September including:

  • An income and expenditure Budget, using this template
  • Your bullying and harassment policy
  • Your child protection and safeguarding policies (if relevant)
  • Your sustainability policy (if you have one)
  • This Equal opportunities form to be sent separately to

For accessibility and so people that want to fill in offline can, 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.



Fund opens for applications                    – 10am, Monday 17th August

Submission deadline for applications   – 5pm, Wednesday 30th September

Decisions announced                                 – 5pm, Wednesday 21st October

  • FAN Film Exhibition Fund Guidelines Download
  • FAN Film Exhibition Fund Application Form-2020-21 WORD Download
  • Film Exhibition Fund Award Budget Template 20_21 Download
  • FAN Equal Opportunities and Monitoring Form Download
  • FAN Film Exhibition Fund WORD Guidelines Download

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