Support for Members

Information, opportunities, guidelines and application forms.

Develop your Film Audience

Perhaps you want to attract young audiences to your film festival, or make your regular cinema programme more accessible. If you want to develop an audience for British or international film but need some financial support, or training, this page tells you how to submit a proposal to us.

We run various schemes within FHW and across BFI FAN that can help you. Browse the strands below and make sure to read the guidelines and submission forms carefully for each one to make sure you meet the criteria.

To access support from FHW you must become a member. It’s free to join – you can sign-up by filling out a form.

Our support programmes cover...

The Film Exhibition Fund aims to re-energise the independent film exhibition sector and aid the recovery of cultural organisations across the UK.

It will support exhibitors to resume audience development activity in line with FAN objectives, programme British, independent and international film, and deliver screenings.

For applications. please see the Film Exhibition Fund (FEF) where our 2020 funds have been repurposed during Covid-19.

This is our main FHW audience engagement strand with an average of two open calls annually. Access support for British/international film programmes, young audiences, inclusion or film heritage. Please read our Priorities here.

Access support for screenings that celebrate Welsh identity, language and culture or find out how we support filmmakers. Please read our Priorities here.

For applications. please see the Film Exhibition Fund (FEF) where our 2020 funds have been repurposed during Covid-19.

Part of our audience development programme, this strand is open to film festivals running British and international film programmes. Please read our Priorities here.


All projects will be assessed against the ability and potential to meet one or more of FHW’s core objectives. Please read our Priorities here

If you want to attend a meeting, course or event that would benefit your organisation and develop audiences but the costs are prohibitive, you can submit a proposal for support.

Each year, BFI FAN support four new releases that deserve to be seen on the big screen.

Discover the latest titles from across the globe, submit a film for consideration, or get support for your screening: