Film Culture Fund open


The first round of Creative England’s Film Culture Fund opened for applications on 17 October. A total of £490,000 delegated Lottery funds from the British Film Institute (BFI) will be distributed in this round.

Applications are now invited from cinemas, film archives, film festivals, mobile cinemas, film societies and other eligible organisations working in the English regions outside of London. Awards will range from £2,000 – £50,000 depending on the project. Funded activity can include programming, education, reaching under-served audiences and regional screen heritage. 

Creative England launched on 1 October 2011, becoming a BFI delegated body for the distribution of National Lottery funds for film in the English Regions. 

The Film Culture Fund aims to boost access for audiences to a wide range of film content in the English regions outside of London, to enrich audiences’ experience through education opportunities, and to bring the unique resources of regional screen heritage into wider film provision.

Said head of Creative England’s Film Culture department, Jay Arnold: “I’m very pleased to open Creative England’s first funding scheme. We’re looking for strong project ideas that we can get behind to help nurture film culture in all its variety, to the benefit of local audiences around the country, and we’re interested in hearing from organisations from all parts of the English regions.’

Applications for the Film Culture Fund can be made online via the Creative England website.  The deadline for applications is midday on 28 November 2011.

To download the Film Culture Fund guidelines and access the online application form, visit

Funding for film Talent Development will be announced next month.


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