We're delighted to support seven new projects in the Midlands, who are crucial to the fabric of our independent 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.

The Film Exhibition Fund will reopen for support in August 2021.

Supported Organisations


Derby QUAD

Two film festivals that are focused on bringing specialised cinema back to audiences and QUAD after the past year of inaction. Paracinema Film Festival, and Derby Film Festival return in 2021.


Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival

Provide a film festival (ideally over a week or over a weekend), which, since 2006, has become a very popular local community event and is established as a part of Shrewsbury’s calendar of events.


Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema Club

Supporting Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema with their summer and autumn programme for their community, with the Kingsway Cinema.


An Indian Summer Outdoor Cinema, Inspirate

Outdoor Bollywood screenings for Leicester and Birmingham audiences.


More Adventures with Archives, Media Active Projects

Building on the 2020/21 pilot successfully delivered during lockdown, a regional roll out of Adventures with Archives - Hidden Treasures model and programme.


‘Parallel Worlds’, Wrong Directions Cinema at Nozstock

The Wrong Directions Cinema programme will contribute to Nozstock’s ‘Parallel Worlds’, at smaller one days events this year.


Global Nights, The Mockingbird Cinema

A season of World cinema to a wide range of people at The Mockingbird in Birmingham.


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