$1.1 million available for UK theater projects

LONDON — National film agency Creative England’s £700,000 ($1.1 million) Film Culture Lottery Fund has opened to applications for the final time.

The agency handles the public fund for theater projects in England’s regions, with an aim to increase opportunities for audience access to a broad range of film, both archival and contemporary.

Movie theaters, film archives, festivals and other eligible organizations based in England can apply before Nov. 30 for the awards which will range from $3,200 to $64,150.

It is the last time Creative England will distribute the awards as a delegated body of the British Film Institute. Responsibility for handling the cultural elements of Creative England’s role, which include audience development, festival support and archive development, along with the Film Culture team and its associated activities, will transfer back to the BFI from April 1, 2013.

Creative England’s remit will see the agency take on a bigger role in terms of talent and business development, including recruiting experienced development executives based at cultural hubs outside London to serve as focal points for emerging talent activity, working with the BFI’s proposed Film Academy for young people aged between 16 and 19. The shift in focus is part of the BFI’s five-year plan “Film Forever: Supporting U.K. Film” launched Oct. 3.

The agency made 39 awards in July under the first round of this year’s Film Culture funding.

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