The British Film Institute Audience Fund (UK)

The British Film Institute Audience Fund awards money from the National Lottery to support audience-focused film activities across the UK. The Fund awards two types of awards:

  • Project awards support culturally ambitious, national proposals that increase audience diversity
  • Organisational awards support experienced organisations offer activities to find new audiences to engage with film
  • Organisational awards are now closed to applications and no new call is planned.

The Project awards scheme, is currently open to legally constituted organisations with UK-based experience of film distribution, exhibition and audience development activities. This can include:

  • film distributors
  • cinemas, including chains or consortia
  • film festivals
  • film and video archives and collections
  • arts organisations with experience of film curation

Project awards support clearly defined, time-limited national proposals which aim to increase audience choice and engagement, with a focus on 16 to 30-year olds. It is expected that most projects will be in the region of £20,000 to £50,000 with a limit of £200,000.

Funding can be used to cover all costs directly relating to the specific proposal. Applications can be submitted at any time.

For any questions relating to the fund or application, please contact

Useful Links:

Fund Guidelines

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