New fund aims to bring cinema experiences and more specialised British films to communities across the UK.
The British Film Institute has launched the first phase of its BFI Neighbourhood Cinema programme, worth up to £2m ($3.25m) over the next four years to 2017.
It is aimed at supporting communities in the UK who find it a challenge to visit the cinema due to geographic, social or economic circumstances.
The initiative builds on the work of touring cinema operators across the UK which take films - and the equipment to show them - into community venues.
For phase one, which runs from February 2014 to January 2015, the BFI has allocated up to £300,000 to support these operators through the new fund. This will support new and existing touring cinema operators to bring community cinema activity, including film screenings and events, training for staff and volunteers and the licensing of films for exhibition, to areas without easy access to cinemas.
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