Film Exhibitor Fund

Our new Film Exhibitor Fund supports independent cinemas, film festivals, pop-up screenings and community cinemas based in Wales.

Ffilm Cymru has supported film exhibition in Wales since 2006. In recent years, this support has taken the form of our Audience Access fund, which granted annual awards to an impressive portfolio of film exhibitors working to maintain and expand their audiences through innovative, inclusive, and sustainable practices.

In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have redesigned this fund in order to best support the immediate needs of film exhibitors throughout this period and the remainder of the year as we begin to see audiences returning to the big screen.


In 2020-21 we are accepting applications to our new Film Exhibitor Fund in three rounds. The applications deadlines are:

10th July 2020 (5pm)
11th September 2020 (5pm)
13th November 2020 (5pm)

Applicants must first contact the Ffilm Cymru Team to coordinate an ‘Expression of Interest’ meeting or phone call. This conversation is an opportunity to look at your project in the early stages and to start thinking about how your aims and objectives can align with the founding principles of the Film Exhibitor fund. Expressions of Interest can be submitted at any time throughout the year.

Once this conversation has taken place, an application can be submitted.

Applicants can apply to our Film Exhibitor Fund for up to £20,000 (up to 75% of total costs) to support activity taking place during the 20-21 financial year.

For full details of Ffilm Cymru’s Film Exhibitor Fund, please read the guidelines.

This funding is comprised of National Lottery funding, delegated by the Arts Council Wales, and Ffilm Cymru’s management of this fund is supported by both Arts Council Wales and the BFI.

Contact Details

Nicola Munday
Audience & Education Manager
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Natasha Wilson
Audience & Education Coordinator
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The UK Cinema Association has published COVID-19 guidance for cinemas - read them here.

The UK Government has announced £1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s world-class cultural, arts and heritage institutions - read more here.

As part of that, the Welsh Government is investing £53 million to help Wales’ culture sector deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic - read more here.

Welsh Government Cultural Recovery Fund

Organisations in the culture and heritage sector, including independent cinemas, can find out if they are eligible to apply for financial support from the Welsh Government’s £53 million Cultural Recovery Fund here.

From Wednesday 16th September, organisations in the culture and heritage sector can apply for financial support from the Welsh Government’s £53 million Cultural Recovery Fund. Find out more here.

A separate element of the Cultural Recovery Fund, worth £27.5 million, is being delivered through the Arts Council of Wales to support theatres, galleries and mixed arts centres. This fund was launched 17 August 2020 with details available on the Arts Council’s website.

The Welsh Government's online eligibility checker opens Tuesday, 1 September 2020 and organisations will be able to make applications for support from the fund from 14 September 2020. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2020.

Please check back for information on further support for individuals, freelancers and compabies working in the creative and arts sector.

And the new Film & TV Charity Covid-19 Recovery Fund for workers in film, TV and cinema is now live.


We are working closely with Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales colleagues, and will provide further information on support for independent cinemas as soon as it is available.

UK Government has also announced the rate of VAT applied on tourism and hospitality-related activities, including cinemas, will be cut from 20% to 5%. Find out more here.

Welsh Government has published guidance for organisations and individuals in Wales who manage culture and heritage destinations and venues that are open to the public - read them here.

Face coverings: Welsh Government guidance on measures to be taken by employers and managers of premises - read it here.

Welsh Government guidance on Keeping records of staff, customers, and visitors: test, trace, protect - read it here.


Find out the latest on responsibly handling personal and sensitive data (such as health information), that is compliant with GDPR regulations, here.






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