Bursary Scheme

Bursaries are now open until 31st March 2018.

Film Hub South West is committed to supporting the professional development of its members.

As a member of the Hub, you can apply for bursaries to support travel, accommodation, enrolment fees or accreditation costs to enable your attendance at relevant conferences, events and film festivals, which you would not otherwise be able to attend. Bursaries can be applied for by Members of staff, Board Members and Volunteers.

In order to qualify for a bursary, you must show how your attendance will be of benefit to your career and your organisation. 

Please note: there is a high demand for our bursaries and inevitably there is only a finite amount of money to go around. Your application will be assessed based on the potential impact attending the event / training/ conference will have on the individual and the organisation.

  • Priority will be given to those organisations that have not yet benefitted from the scheme and those with the smallest turnover
  • We aim to support attendance at the widest diversity of events 
  • We want to encourage a diversity of personnel from member organisations to benefit from the bursary scheme

When do I need to apply by?

You must apply at least 2 weeks in advance of the event/training you are applying for support to attend in order for your application to be assessed. Bursaries will not be granted retrospectively.

This scheme has a rolling deadline which means you can apply at any time up until 31st March 2018. 

There is however a high demand for our bursaries and funding is limited; once the total fund has been awarded, the programme will close for this year, which may be before this date. 

How much can I apply for? 

Cinemas, cross arts venues and film festivals screening 50+ films a year = £300 (Max allowance per year, per organisation)

Film societies, film clubs, other organisations screening 12+ films a year = £150 (Max allowance per year, per organisation)

 How do I Apply?

To apply for a Film Hub Bursary, please complete this online application form. You will be informed of a decision within two weeks of applying.

When will bursaries be paid? 

Retrospectively following production of valid receipts, a completed Film Hub - Bursary claim form and reporting documents (outlined below). Bursaries must be claimed within 1 month of attending the event.

If your application is successful, you will be required to report back to the Hub on your experience and the impact it has had on you, your organisation and the wider Hub via an online evaluation survey. Any member in receipt of a bursary will be asked to write a blog that can be shared with Hub Members as a condition of the award.


Expenses Claim Form: Film Hub - Bursary claim form

The map below shows some of the organisation that have so far benefitted from Film Hub bursaries.

View Bursary Applications in a full screen map

And here are some of the places they have been to thanks to Film Hub bursaries:

View Bursaries in a full screen map


Here are some comments from our members on the bursary scheme:

"Thanks to bursary support we developed a new strategy for community outreach in our business, sparked by the Our Museum sessions and came up with some other ideas about the use and display of heritage objects from the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum as well as building ties with the museum and networking with new potential partners - Youth Bristol, East Asia Museum in Bath, Bristol Museum, etc. We will begin a pilot program for community outreach and have started planning new strategies based on ideas we had while away, visiting other venues."

- Tara Judah, Co-owner, 20th Century Flicks



"The festival does not have the fund to support professional development so a bursary was essential in enabling me to attend the ICO's "D Word" screening days, which as festival coordintor is vital to network, make contacts and gain a greater understanding of Programming to reflect the audience that we would like to see. It also feeds into the understanding that what we are trying to do is not unique to our organisation and that there is scope to form collaborative partnerships.  The experience has underlined the need to take a holistic approach and build in realistic expectations for the implementation of strategies that should result in increasing diversity."

Clara Shuma - Festival Coordinator, Afrika Eye Film Festival.




"Having the opportunity to see films at screening days and film festivals is vital for planning our future programme and gaining first-hand knowledge of upcoming film releases. The lead in time gives us more time to plan, market and create a strategy around films that challenge our audience and require this kind of effort and time. This planning time is key to our audience development and ultimately creates bigger audiences and guarantees the future of specialised cinema in Clevedon. We have started doubling our specialised screenings since the end of 2015 and without attendance at these events, this would not have happened."  

Luke Doran - Programmer, Curzon Clevedon.



 "The Film Hub SWWM bursary scheme has been a great support in the development of Queer Vision and a directly linked to the growth of the festival.  I met people within the film industry which triggered a new network growth strategy. I also discovered a university research project into Queer film festivals and met one of the researchers which could be key to some network development I am doing. Also insight into how other festivals run and some great films I could bring to audiences in the South West."

- Jayne Graham-Cummings - Director of Queer Vision & Queer Film Network



A bursary enabled me to attend the ICO's Deaf and Disability Awareness Day. I learnt on a personal and professional level how certain aspects can be overlooked through not knowing enough about this area and what we can do to support our cinema going community and neighbours. I will now be planning ways in which we can make our venue more accessible to all our audience, new and existing.  I was delighted to be in receipt of the bursary as without it I wouldn't have been able to attend and therefore wouldn't have known about the aspects we need to improve and how we can go about actioning them. 

- Sophie Cook - Operations Manager, Plymouth Arts Centre


"In addition to previewing new film titles, our committee members were able to exchange ideas and experiences with those of other film clubs and community cinemas - and understand that we are but one of many hundreds such organisations across the country. We're now inspired to create some hard-of-hearing screenings, either independent of or in addition to our standard evening screenings."

Donna Anton - Founder & Programmer, Hayle Film Club.



"The bursary allowed us to attend This Way Up: Exhibition Innovation 2014 and meet new contacts which due to financial considerations would not otherwise have been possible. We gained insight into new audience led innovations like ourscreen and examples of how cinemas have been turning screenings into events like the pairing of themed baked goods with cinema screenings (minicine.org.uk). We also made contacts with similar venues like the Star and Shadow, and festivals like Scalarama, GrimmFest and the  Parker Posey Festival. We are looking at incorporating some of the ideas learnt into our premiere of teen cine essay Beyond Clueless, and are looking to collaborate with GrimmFest and the Parker Posey Festival in the future."

- James Vickery, Programmer - The Cube.

"The bursary enable me to attend Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy where I networked with a number of industry professionals, promoting Slapstick, South West Silents and myself in order to begin to build up a network of key contacts for our organisation, which could result in future collaborations and opportunities to screen films. I also, saw a number of silent films which both add to my education and to the education of our organisation as a whole. I got more than I had hoped for. I strengthened existing relationships, met key people, and discussed some very exciting future collaborations. As well as developed my experience of archive film through broadening my viewing experience and my understanding of the role of archive film festivals, and how they can be key in archive film programming."

Rosie Taylor, Curator - Slapstick and South West Silents





“Through attending the AMA conference I was able to develop a strategy not just for film audience development but how film fits within our multi-art form organisation. It has led to the formation of a 'Creative Hub' which will involve a complete shift in direction, a reorginsation and restructuring of the whole company! The bursary scheme offered us opportunities we would not have had access to and in doing so has led to a fundamental change within the organisation.”

– Kelly Johnson, Marketing & Press Manager - Exeter Phoenix


"It's great there is a bursary system in place that allows people to attend gatherings, courses and screening days, with the eye on job improvement. The course has expanded my skill-set and my knowledge of the contemporary cultural landscape. I have a better understanding of Watershed's pivotal role within the independent film sector. I have learned how to reach out to new audiences and how to cater for new target groups (minority groups, gender minorities). As a result of this course I have begun conversations with  Bath Film Festival about programming for them."

- Sven De Hondt, Front-of-House Member and events assistant - Watershed 

“A bursary enabled me to attend Indie Lisboa, which was extremely beneficial. It allowed Encounters to forge a new connection with a highly respected European Festival and get to know each other's event better. The films seen at Indie Lisboa have become a crucial part of our 2014 programme, winning the Grand Prix and a Special Mention. Indie Lisboa programming model is something we might be interested in exploring more as part of Encounters, especially with the view of expanding the Shorts to Feature strand. Also, forging a relationship with another European festival is very important with regards to our remit for Creative Europe. I also made great contact, including Miguel Gomes, the festival's artistic director and a number of European filmmakers.”  

- Gaia Meucci, Shot Film Programmer - Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival





"We did not have the funds in our budget to cover this trip, however it was extremely valuable as a research opportunity.  AV has some similarities to our festival in terms of thematics - they are looking at Extraction and we are working within the Tamar Valley mining heritage area. We were also able to attend the Test Dept. event which used a large passenger ferry as a venue, which was extremely relevant as we are planning screening on ferries for the festival. The trip has really helped us shape the festival - crucial decisions, particularly in terms of marketing such as our programme design and wayfaring strategies have been influenced by the festival."

- Phil Rushworth, Producer - Tamar Project & It's All About the River Film Festival. 










With such a limited programme research budget, it is vital that we get support for trips like this, as we've now established partnerships which we can develop and look to pursue some really interesting collaborations which couldn't have happened through skype meetings or email exchanges. We've also unearthed some new and exciting work which we wouldn't have had access to previously - and so consequently, it helps to develop our knowledge and programming skills. 

- Sam Groves, Programmer - Flatpack Film Festival








“I think the bursary scheme is excellent. Attending other festivals and conferences is vital for organisations like ours, whose funds are too small to allow for any R&D. Similarly, bursaries for staff training and any opportunities for networking and improving our practice are most welcome.”
–  Susannah Shaw, Director - Animated Exeter