The Transition Fund for Audience Development was set up swiftly by the BFI in order to support audience development projects facing budget cuts in funding as a result of the changes in the national and regional film funding landscape which have taken place before a new film strategy and funding priorities come into effect from April 2012.
The first round of projects to be funded, all of which demonstrated that their funding for core activities has been significantly reduced or withdrawn for the financial year 2011-12, represents a diverse range of activities and a wide geographical spread. These include FILMCLUB, which provides after-school cinema clubs; YourLocalCinema.com, an online resource for subtitled and audio described cinema, and Flicks In The Sticks, which takes film to rural Shropshire and Herefordshire.
Other beneficiaries of the fund include the British Federation of Film Societies, the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) and the Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol. Both the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Sheffield International Documentary Festival were awarded funding through the fast track assessment process, as both festivals took place last month.
Peter Buckingham, Head of Distribution and Exhibition at the BFI, said:
“We have moved as swiftly as possible to ensure that film organisations are able to survive in this period of transition, and that audiences can continue to benefit from the important work that they do. Collectively, these organisations contribute hugely to the access and promotion of film in the UK. They are incredibly valuable which is why it has been important for the BFI to help them.”
The projects which have received funding in this first slate of awards are as follows:
An international festival of electronic arts, featuring visual art, music and moving image across the North East.
BIFAs/British Independent Film Awards
The British Independent Film Awards are dedicated to promoting independent British films.
Birmingham International Film Society
The Birmingham Film Society shows independent and foreign language film.
Borderlines Film Festival
Film festival serving audiences across the rural West Midlands
British Federation of Film Societies
The national organisation for the development and support of the film society and community cinema movement in the UK.
Canterbury Anifest is the South East’s animation festival.
Chichester International Film Festival
The South Coast’s largest film festival.
Manchester’s centre for contemporary visual art, specialised film and digital culture.
Edinburgh International Film Festival
International film festival bringing new cinema to audiences.
Encounters Bristol International Film Festival
The UK’s leading film festival for short films.
Fashion in Film
Fashion in Film delivers the Biennial Fashion in Film Festival, a website and publications.
Nationwide after-school film clubs introduce specialised film into schools.
Flicks in the Sticks
Film touring programme in rural Shropshire and Herefordshire.
Glasgow Film Theatre
Glasgow Film Theatre is Glasgow’s centre for film and moving image media
Support for ICA’s specialised film audience development work.
Kendal Mountain Festival
Festival of films about mountaineering and wilderness pursuits.
Local authority film organisation that delivers Leeds International Film Festival and Leeds Young People’s Film Festival.
Light House, Wolverhampton
Independent cinema in Wolverhampton that delivers Flip Festival, an animated film festival.
London Metropolitan Archives
Holds public screenings of films held in The Corporation of London’s archives.
London Short Film Festival
Short film festival.
Assembly Rooms Ludlow
Rural arts centre and cinema.
Arts centre and independent cinema – audience development work to support specialised film attendance.
National Media Museum
The museum’s film programme includes 3 film festivals: Bradford International Film Festival, Bradford Animation Festival and the Fantastic Film Weekend.
Runs the contemporary arts festival including the ‘onedotzero adventures in motion’ film festival.
Consortium that provides specialised film content, audience research and advice to independent cinemas across the East Midlands.
Phoenix Square, Leicester
The film programme at Phoenix Square Cinema reaches out to Leicester’s ethnic majority through screenings chosen by community groups and other access programmes.
Portland Green Cultural Projects
Delivers a programme of work in dance and artists’ films
Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast
The sole full time specialised film exhibitor in Northern Ireland.
The Sensoria Festival
Festival of film and music.
Sheffield International Documentary Festival
The leading festival for documentary films.
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
Offers a specialised film screening programme, curated and cultural programming, film education activity and the Showcomotion film festival for young people
Southend-on-Sea Film Festival
The Southend-on-Sea Film Festival.
Strode Theatre, Somerset
A mixed art venue that offers cinema, serving a predominantly rural catchment area
Tricycle Theatre, London
The Tricycle Cinema’s International Oscar?? Film Season showcases foreign language and world cinema with discussions and an online presence. Works with Film Education to attract young cinema-goers.
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
The only full time independent first-run specialised cinema in the north-east Also runs cine-literacy activities and events for schools.
Cross arts venue and cinema offering a specialised film programme, archive and repertory screenings, curated seasons, events and online publishing activities.
Website and information service for accessible cinema.