Got a great idea for a film event, programme or other cinema project, but finding it hard to get it off the ground? Starting out can be difficult, especially if you are under-represented in the film industry, and/or are an individual / from a small organisation not based out of a particular cinema.
This rolling fund aims to support people from diverse backgrounds make their ideas reality – from building a brand to reaching new audiences.
We hope to support a range of individuals and organisations over the course of the next 4 years, supporting the development of a diverse industry behind the scenes, and building a future cinema experience truly inclusive of everyone.
A bespoke package of financial and professional development support. This will be shaped collaboratively and may include research, idea generation, mentoring, skills development, peer introductions for mutual support, partnership development, and exposure visits.
Ambitious individuals or small organisations, who have skills and ideas outside those gained in an established organisation, who currently feel underrepresented in the film exhibition sector, whether you identify with issues around disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or age (we would particularly like to invite individuals or organisations in the 16-30 age range to apply).
Come the Revolution
New ideas for audience-facing cinema projects with the potential to recognise and reflect the interests of diverse audiences for independent cinema. These ideas can be in their early stages of development as we can potentially support from concept to event delivery.
Explore the inspiration behind Beyond Boundaries by taking a look at two projects we have already supported
Plus here are some of our latest success stories
Fill in the form below, tell us about your idea and we’ll arrange a face-to-face meeting or video chat.
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