We're honoured to be able to support eleven new projects in the Midlands, who are crucial to the fabric of our independent sector, with £80,650.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply, the fund was very competitive and ultimately was oversubscribed by 200%.

Enjoy taking a look through the full list of successful applicants below, we are really impressed with the creativity and level of enthusiasm for this year.

The second round of the Film Exhibition Fund is now open and closing 01/09/23! We look forward to continuing our work to support the Midlands exhibition sector. 

Supported by National Lottery funding, The BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund aims to support cinemas, arts centres, festivals and community groups looking to deliver a broad range of cultural programming and reconnect with audiences.

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Malvern Cinema

This funding will support Malvern's independent film programme, enabling the cinema to tell more diverse stories particularly in the second new screening space 'studio cinema'.


Pocket Film Festival, Stafford

To support Pocket Film Festival 2023 to provide their audiences with a diverse programme of cinematic treats, including short films, independent film, archive footage, old and new classics with live musical accompaniment and new releases.

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The Courtyard, Hereford

To grow a programme dedicated to young audiences and children, by employing Young Programmers to assist with research, development, and programming.



The support will be used to develop new audiences for Independent British and International film and transition the cinema over to community ownership.


Indie-Lincs International Film Festival

Indie-Lincs will present a curated series of monthly presentations of the latest Independent films that would otherwise be unavailable to Lincoln cinema audiences.


Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF)

To support BIFF 2023's screenings and events showcasing new South Asian independent cinema and Asian diaspora films with a particular focus on attracting new audiences of socially excluded women, young people and LGBTQIA+.


Mockingbird Cinema, Birmingham

Supporting Mockingbird's intention to programme 20 new release independent titles that otherwise would not be shown in the city centre.



Bollywood Outdoor Cinema will showcase renowned, international blockbuster, Sholay for a enhanced outdoor community screening for South Asian audiences.


Electric Cinema

Electric will engage with the local East Asian community, working in partnership to programme a series of films that best speak to them and to a wider audience.



Extending and enhancing QUAD’s offer for children and families through a targeted programme of marketing, audience development and relaxed screenings for children.


Coventry Cathedral

Building on Coventry City of Culture, supporting a programme of alternative, inclusive and family friendly films as the only local arts cinema offer in Coventry.

A second round of funding support has been announced. View the  supported projects here