Useful exhibitor resources

08 Key organisations

Other organisations that offer support or membership opportunities to independent film exhibitors.

Arts Council England

Arts Councils across the UK and Ireland work to champion, develop and invest in arts and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives

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.

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.

Film and TV Charity

Formerly the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CBTF), the Film and TV Charity 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.

Europa Cinemas

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. Despite Brexit, cinemas based in the UK are (currently) still eligible to apply for membership and funding.

Into Film

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.

Kino Climates

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.

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