The BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund

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Rio Cinema, Dalston

The Film Exhibition Fund aims to reboot the independent film exhibition sector and aid the recovery of cultural organisations across the UK in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will support exhibitors to resume audience development activity in line with FAN objectives, programme British, independent and international film, and deliver screenings.

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

The Film Exhibition Fund is to support FAN Members to resume cultural programming and engage a broad and diverse audience as they navigate reopening. It is not for new organisations or new projects, as it is geared toward helping existing hub members to reboot activity and re-engage audiences.

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 London 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.

Please read the guidelines to see if you are eligible. If you would like to apply, please download and complete:

and send these to by 5pm on 30th September 2020.

If you have any questions, contact us on or 020 7613 7697.