Exhibitors are experiencing significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our redesigned Film Exhibitor Fund is now open for applications; find out more and apply here.

To support the sector during these challenging times, Ffilm Cymru are also:

Accelerating payments to venues funded through Ffilm Cymru’s 2019-20 Audience Access fund to meet their immediate needs;

Advancing funds to film festivals and pop-up/community providers funded in 2019-20 against any costs incurred, regardless of whether or not screenings and events were able to proceed as planned;

Providing online spaces for exhibitors to connect, collaborate, share concerns and explore new ways of working;

Sharing examples of innovative responses and resources to remain connected with the sector and audiences.


Other Covid-19 Related Support

For cinemas, festivals and pop-up screenings

Please see Non-Sector Specific Support, which may also be accessible to you, depending on your specific circumstance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The UK Cinema Association has published COVID-19 guidance for cinemas - read them here.

The UK Cinema Association has also published safeguarding guidelines for the re-opening of drive-in cinemas - read them here.

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

BFI Film Audience Network Covid-19 Resilience Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

Film & TV Charity Repayable Grants Scheme for Freelancers (Currently closed, please check back for updates)

While the Arts Council of Wales' Urgent Response Fund for Individuals and Stabilisation Fund for Organisations are currently closed for applications, their Stabilisation Fund for Individuals will open for applications from 29th May with a deadline of 15th June. Find out more here.

Industry Helpline

The Film and TV Charity Support Line is open 24/7, helping people in the industry manage issues big and small. Call 0800 054 00 00 or access via live-chat here.

Ffilm Cymru Wales is committed to promoting a vibrant and dynamic film culture, through increasing access to, and broadening the range of, films available to all audiences across Wales and beyond, including those films of particular Welsh relevance. We remain committed to the development of audiences for film through improved access for all, diversity of choice, and education.