FilmClub, BIFAs and Watershed Bristol among biggest beneficiaries of first round of BFI funding
In its first round of awards, the BFI Transition Fund is to provide funding support to 37 projects across the UK worth £888,547.
The Transition Fund for Audience Development, worth £2m, was set up by the BFI to support the industry in the wake of significant cuts to the UK film landscape announced by the government last year.
The first round of projects to be funded “all demonstrated that their funding for core activities has been significantly reduced or withdrawn for the financial year 2011-12”, according to a release from the BFI.
FilmClub, the nationwide after-school film club which introduces specialised film into schools, was the biggest beneficiary, receiving £141,000. Cross arts venue Watershed in Bristol received £67,500.
The British Independent Film Awards received £52,718 while short film festival Encounters Bristol International Film Festival saw an investment of £50,000, considerably more than the beleaguered Edinburgh International Film Festival which only saw £17,000 through a fast-track assessment process last month.
The Sheffield International Documentary Festival also received funding last month,worth £77,000.
The next round of projects to be awarded transition funding will be announced before the end of July.
The Transition Fund, which derived from previously unallocated money, was set up to assist UK film bodies damaged by the 50% reduction in grant-in-aid funding suffered by the UKFC shortly before it was merged with the BFI, an Arts Council England funding reduction and local councils tightening their arts spending.
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.”
A full list of projects awarded funding by the Transition Fund is below:
AV Festival – £20,000
BIFAs/British Independent Film Awards – £ 52,718
Birmingham International Film Society – £8,000
Borderlines Film Festival – £11,025
British Federation of Film Societies – £46,350
Canterbury Anifest – £2,790
Chichester International Film Festival – £3,500
Cornerhouse Manchester – £18,000
Edinburgh International Film Festival – £19,620
Encounters Bristol International Film Festival – £50,000
Fashion in Film – £17,559
FilmClub – £141,000
Flicks in the Sticks – £6,210
Glasgow Film Theatre – £7,182
ICA, London – £23,100
Kendal Mountain Festival – £19,350
Leeds Film – £35,000
Light House, Wolverhampton – £12,124
London Metropolitan Archives – £19,000
London Short Film Festival – £1,800
Assembly Rooms Ludlow – £4,100
mac Birmingham – £8,700
National Media Museum – £38,700
ONEDOTZERO – £15,890
PBQ – £20,000
Phoenix Square, Leicester – £ 9,000
Portland Green Cultural Projects – £14,361
Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast – £20,000
The Sensoria Festival – £9,980
Sheffield International Documentary Festival – £ 77,452
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield – £ 9,900
Southend-on-Sea Film Festival – £20,000
Strode Theatre, Somerset – £ 17,227
Tricycle Theatre, London – £10,134
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle – £ 22,275
Watershed, Bristol – £67,500
YourLocalCinema.com – £9,000