Membership Criteria

It is free and quick to apply for Film Hub membership. We welcome membership applications from any organisation based in the South West that:

  • Screens films to public audiences or its membership (or has plans to do so within 12 months of joining)


  • has a related interest in broadening the range of film available to audiences and in enriching the cultural value of communal film screening activity.


In order to join, prospective members must:

  • Share the Film Audience Network’s vision and strategic priorities as set out in the BFI Screen Culture 2033 initiative.
  • Be formally constituted (e.g. a community interest or limited liability company registered at Companies House; a charity or trust registered with the Charity Commission; a Local Authority or statutory body; a voluntary group with a written constitution and bank account)


Eligible organisations include (but are not limited to):

  • cinemas (independent and local/national circuits)
  • mixed arts venues
  • volunteer-run film societies and community cinemas
  • touring cinemas and community screen networks
  • film festivals
  • screen archives
  • regular pop-up film events
  • academic institutions
  • museums and galleries
  • local authority departments and agencies
  • local and regional development agencies
  • community groups and leisure providers

Most of the financial support offered by the Hub is only available to members. However, membership does not mean you are automatically eligible for particular schemes and initiatives, and applicants should consult the criteria of individual calls for full details of who can apply.

Private individuals are not eligible for FAN membership in their own right, but are encouraged to sign-up to the Film Hub South West newsletter to keep in touch with FAN news and developments around the South West and the UK.

If you are new to showing films, take a look at Beyond Boundaries, our rolling fund to support people from diverse backgrounds make their ideas reality – supported by the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

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