BFI Launches New $17M Fund for National Lottery Hearing Projects – Deadline
The BFI today published full details of its new National Lottery Audience Projects Fund, a £15m ($17m) fund available over three years to support the growth of the UK exhibition and distribution in order to cultivate audiences for UK independent films and XR/wider screen work.
The open access fund was first unveiled in the BFI’s 10-year strategy “Screen Culture 2033” and will support a range of activities aimed at the public, including multi-year projects and project-based research and development aimed at to increase the engagement of audiences representative of the British population.
The BFI said the fund would expect to award prizes between £20,000 and £200,000 depending on the scope and reach of a specific project, with an upper limit of £500,000 for projects of a exceptional scope and ambition. To be eligible, applicants must have experience in film distribution, exhibition or audience development activities in the UK. For research and development projects, applicants can request between £10,000 and £20,000.
Applications can be made from November 4, 2022 and funds are expected to be awarded from April 2023.
Ben Luxford, BFI’s Head of UK Audiences, said: “At its simplest, we want to connect great film and wider screen work with audiences, and ensure that audiences from all walks of life across the UK Uni can access and engage with a rich and diverse screen culture. to offer. We’ve designed the fund to be flexible and far-reaching, and we encourage ambitious applications that aim to make an impact and address the priorities we’ve identified with industry in our new strategy. We recognize that our sector faces many challenges and pressures, and with this Fund – part of our wider support to audiences over the next three years – we want to ensure that National Lottery funding gives organizations the ability to take risks to develop new audiences and to celebrate and champion great screen culture.