Creative England opens £490k film culture fund

Posted: 17th October 2011

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.

The Fund is looking to support the provision and interpretation of both specialised and mainstream film in England, by investing in:

  • audience development within the film exhibition sector
  • film education activities which are linked to and support film exhibition infrastructure (e.g. cinemas, film festivals, film societies and other platforms)
  • the acquisition, preservation and conservation of and access to regional screen heritage.

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’s Film Culture department is headed up by Jay Arnold, who previously worked with Screen Yorkshire as Head of Cultural Sector Investment, supporting cinemas, festivals, film societies and community cinema projects to build audiences and develop new programming. 

"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”, said Arnold.

Eddie Berg, the BFI’s Director of Partnerships said: “Creative England will be crucial delivery partners for the BFI’s Forward Plan and we welcome this clear commitment of support for the exhibition, archive and film education sectors, whose work is so important to audiences across England.” 

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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