08 Key organisations
Other organisations that offer support or membership opportunities to independent film exhibitors.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England works to champion, develop and invest in arts and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. It has a 10 year strategic framework running from 2010-2020.
Arts Council Wales
Arts Council Wales is responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.
Cinema for All
Formerly the British Federation of Film Societies, Cinema For All is the national organisation for the development and support of the film society and community cinema movement in the UK.
Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CBTF)
The CBTF is the leading UK charity for the support of cinema, film and TV professionals in times of personal and career challenges including illness, injury, unemployment or finances.
British Film Institute (BFI)
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. It combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals including the BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare. It awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.
BFI Film Audience Network
The BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialised and independent British film.
The Network is currently made up of nine Hubs which offer support and funding opportunities to film exhibitors based in their designated regions.
- Film Hub Scotland
- Film Hub Northern Ireland
- Film Hub Wales
- Film Hub North
- Film Hub Midlands
- Film Hub South West
- Film Hub South East (from 2018, a project of the ICO)
- Film London
BFI Neighbourhood Cinema
BFI Neighbourhood Cinema offers support to local community venues with the aim of boosting audience choice across all areas of the UK, including funding for screening equipment.
Cinema Arts Network (CAN)
A membership consortium owned by 13 independent arts venues, CAN is a UK-wide partnership digital services network specialising in film, culture and the arts.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland, via funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
Funded by the MEDIA programme, Europa Cinemas is a film theatre network focusing on European films. Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that commit themselves to screen a significant number of European non-national films, to offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences and to screen digital European non-national films.
The UK’s main film education charity, Into Film supports schools to encourage their use of film, both in the classroom and in extra-curricular settings; as well as holding an annual cinema-based film festival for children and young audiences.
A European network of independent cinemas, Kino Climates supports freedom of programming and diversity in film culture.
Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts (LVFA)
LVFA was set up in 2012 by a group of London law firms who wanted to offer pro bono legal support to the arts community. It aims to encourage solicitors to provide free legal advice to low income and not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations or community groups.
Locality is the national membership network for community organisations. It supports them to be strong and successful via four main areas of work: peer learning, resources for local people, specialist advice and support and campaigning and advocacy.
Regional Screen Scotland
Regional Screen Scotland is the development agency for cinema facilities and organisations in Scotland.
ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset)
The UK-wide strategic skills body, ScreenSkills works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to support skills and training across the sector, including in film exhibition.
UK Cinema Association (UKCA)
Formerly the Cinema Exhibitor’s Association, the UKCA represents the interests of over 90 per cent of UK cinema operators including single screen/owner managed sites as well as the largest circuit and multiplexes.