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British Film Institute Programming Development Fund – 2014 Round now open to applications


The BFI Programme Development Fund is now open to applicants

The Programming Development Fund will support programming initiatives of cultural significance, high profile and wide reach, encouraging curatorial ambition, achieving economies of scale and bringing films to audiences across the UK in a fresh and original way.

The objectives of the Programming Development Fund are to:

  • Support and promote high-quality, distinctive, diverse film exhibition projects of scale and ambition.
  • Increase opportunities for more diverse audiences across the UK to engage with a wider range of specialised and independent British film, including those in areas with limited provision.
  • Enable film programmers to be more adventurous and experimental in their programming choices and to promote innovation and risk-taking in terms of content and/or delivery model.
  • Encourage greater sharing of programme content and initiatives across the UK.
  • Develop new ways to build stronger relationships between film venues and audiences.
  • Create links to other BFI strategic initiatives relating to education and learning, investment in skills and unlocking film heritage.

Up to £1.4 million per year will be available through the Programming Development Fund over the four years to 2017.

There are three strands of funding available in this fund:

  • Strand 1 is designed to support the development costs of a project which requires feasibility, testing or piloting in advance of a full project proposal. Awards will be within the range £5,000 to £20,000.
  • Strand 2 is designed to support projects which have been fully developed and are ready for implementation. Awards will be within the range of £15,000 to £150,000.
  • Strand 3 is designed to support very large-scale projects only. The BFI expects to make a very limited number of awards under this strand each year. Awards will be in the range £150,000 to £500,000.

Properly constituted organisations are eligible to apply. These include: limited liability companies; community interest companies; charities or trusts; local authorities or statutory bodies.

The Fund is looking to support activity which is delivered mainly as large screen communal audience experience(s) rather than as small screen (digital device) private content consumption. However, projects which contain some activity on other platforms such as online or mobile apps are welcome, especially if they make a demonstrable contribution to audience development and show innovative approaches to achieving the Fund objectives.

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to: research and curatorial fees; staff; office costs; marketing; transportation; hospitality; and audit, monitoring and evaluation.

There is a rolling deadline for Strand 1 and 2, therefore applications can be made at any time. There are two formal deadlines for Strand 3 applications: 2 June 2014 (1pm) and 1 December 2014 (1pm).

Go to the official site here which has all the application forms and further details about the fund.