Applications are now open for the latest BFI FAN training programme: Revisiting Your Cinema Business Model. 

This new course will offer practical and realistic strategies on how cinemas can adapt to financial challenges, profound changes in audience behaviour, and transformations in the film industry at large.

Designed for those in leadership or senior management roles at independent cinema organisations, the course will explore challenges in management, strategic planning, financial reporting and governance; empowering participants to develop a sustainable business model that will enable their organisations to survive and thrive in the long term.

The course will be delivered over a series of modules from April - October 2024, followed by six months of bespoke support from an assigned mentor. The deadline to apply is Monday 18 March.

Programme Details

Drawing on a wide range of expertise and case studies from across the exhibition sector and beyond, over seven modules we will consider how cinemas can widen revenue streams, maintain cost control, respond to emergencies, use data to drive their business decisions and deepen audience relationships while continuing to innovate and work towards their organisational mission and values.


  • Module 1: Revisiting the Cinema Business Model Structure
  • Module 2: Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Module 3: Keeping on Top of Your Business
  • Module 4: Knowing the Market
  • Module 5: Public and Private Funding
  • Module 6: Maximising Commercial and Earned Income
  • Module 7: Growth and Capital Improvements


Following the programme, participants will have the opportunity for in-venue implementation of learning from the course with the appointment of a mentor who will provide bespoke support over six months. Mentors will be selected in consultation with the participant, focusing on the needs and objectives that have been identified throughout the course.


See full details of the course.

Who is the course for?

Successful applicants must be in leadership positions in their venues, specifically senior managers and decision-makers who have a demonstrable ability to affect change in their organisations.

You must work for an organisation that is a member of their local BFI FAN Film Hub.

Not a member of Film Hub Midlands yet?

Film Hub Midlands membership is FREE to qualifying organisations and offers a range of benefits. To learn more about being a member and to see how to join, take a look here