Creative England has made 31 awards in its second round of Film Culture Lottery Funding, investing in an exciting range of innovative and dynamic projects across the English regions.
The awards support creative programmes across venues, festivals, archives and rural touring initiatives.
From Newcastle to Southampton, the 31 projects share a total of £311,000. Among the festivals supported are those offering audiences opportunities to watch a breadth of programming, from animation to the world of silent cinema.
Archive awards will help develop access to screen heritage activity across the regions, with a number of awards enhancing cinema programming across venues in both rural and urban locations.
Creative England Chief Executive Caroline Norbury said: “We are delighted to be able to support such a plethora of strong projects, right across the English regions. Audiences in rural and urban locations will have access to a broad breadth of programming, through large public festivals such as Cambridge Film Festival, down to small community projects offered by the Plough in North Devon. Together with funding in the first round, we have supported projects which deliver against our priorities of enhancing opportunities for audiences to engage with the moving image.”
West Midlands Human Rights Film Festival programme of screenings and special events offering access to foreign language and independent cinema releases with a focus on human rights.
SHOUT is an annual LGBT Cultural and Community Festival developed and managed by Birmingham LGBT which celebrates the cultural diversity of Birmingham and promotes LGBT cinema.
Running moving image and archive events, Flatpack Festival will be enhanced for 2013 with a new industry section which will reflect the changing face of moving image production and consumption.
People Choice – Across the Decades is a new initiative for MAC Birmingham, designed to engage with the local communities to curate the film programme and enhance film audiences.