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QUAD in Derby receives £70,000 award rom the BFI National Lottery Audience Projects Fund

13 April 2023

QUAD in Derby receives £70,000 award rom the BFI National Lottery Audience Projects Fund

It has been announced today that QUAD in Derby is a recipient of one of seventeen awards from new BFI National Lottery Audience Projects Fund across the UK which aims to increase audiences for UK independent and international film. QUAD will receive £70,000 over the next three years to develop new audiences.

The BFI has published details of the first awards from the new BFI National Lottery Audience Projects Fund, which included the award to QUAD. A total of almost £6.5m will support ambitious, audience-facing independent UK and international film from April 2023. The funding aims to secure 4.67m admissions nationally over three years, with a focus on audiences that are representative of the UK population.

Adam Marsh, QUAD Cinema programmer said “QUAD is delighted to have received this funding, which allows us to continue and expand on the audience development work we do. This renewed confidence in our work from the BFI will allow us to use innovative digital methods to engage with audiences both old and new. The first cinema events to benefit from the funding include The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, Paracinema Film Festival and a ‘New Worlds of Cinema’ season with events across the year

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BFI National Lottery Audience Projects Fund has £15m available over the three years of the BFI’s new National Lottery Funding Plan (April 2023-March 2026) to support the UK exhibition and distribution sector to grow audiences for UK independent film and XR/broader screen work. The open access fund will support a wide range of ambitious, audience-facing activity of national scale, including multi-year and research and development projects. It welcomes applications from organisations that are focused on increasing access and growing the engagement of audiences that are representative of the UK population. The fund is part of a £27.6m National Lottery allocation that the BFI has made for supporting audiences over the three years of the Funding Plan. Other programmes include continuing the vital work of the BFI Film Audience Network and the new BFI National Lottery Open Cinemas initiative, which aims to develop the offer made by independent distribution and exhibition and to ensure more audiences can participate.

All activity funded under the Funding Plan will deliver against the objectives set out in the new 10-year BFI National Lottery Strategy (2023-2033), which details what the BFI wishes to achieve in using National Lottery funding for the public and industry over the next decade. The new Audience Projects Fund addresses one of the strategy’s core objectives, seeking to ensure everyone across the UK can experience a great range of film and moving image.
More information: https://www.bfi.org.uk/audience-projects-fund

QUAD is Derby’s centre for art and film, a mixed arts venue based on the Market Place. QUAD is the city’s cultural hub with a three-screen cinema, an art gallery showing the best in contemporary visual arts, digital workshop spaces plus an award-winning Café bar. QUAD has been at the heart of Derby’s cultural scene since it opened in September in 2008 and is internationally recognised for providing quality and excellence in the Arts. QUAD delivers an exciting, innovative and diverse programme which is popular with visitors of all ages, with a reputation in Photography, digital innovation & family friendly events. The venue organises FORMAT International Photography Festival and Derby Film Festival. QUAD is a partnership between Derby City Council and Arts Council England. QUAD is open daily from 10am, for more information please visit: http://www.derbyquad.co.uk http://twitter.com/derbyquad For further information please contact QUAD’s Marketing & Audience Development Manager, Kathy Wilson on 01332 285422 / kathyw@derbyquad.co.uk

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