The second round of Creative England’s Film Culture Lottery Fund is now opens for applications with £500,000 of BFI Lottery funds available to regional organisations and festivals.

The fund is open to cinemas, film archives, film festivals and other eligible organisations working in the English regions outside of London.

Awards will range from £2,000 to £40,000. The deadline for applications is June 1.

The first batch of lottery funding was handed out in January, with 39 recipients sharing £465,972.

The biggest recipients included Sheffield Doc/Fest, which picked up £40,000, followed by Bristol’s arthouse cinema The Watershed which picked up £37,500. Bristol’s Encounters Film Festival also picked up £25,000 as did Cinecity in Brighton. The South West of the UK fared particularly well, receiving 14 investments and £172,447 in total, the most of any region.

Creative England’s head of film culture Jay Arnold said: “We are looking for innovative and dynamic ideas reflecting our ambition and drive. Competition will be fierce but we are confident we will find those new and exciting projects which will continue to diversify content, platforms and audiences.”