Membership Guidelines & Application Form

Here you can find everything you need to know about Membership of FHW and how you can join!

FHW’s members are at the heart of this project, the more members and partnerships we build, the greater impact we can make for audiences and our exhibition sector in Wales.

FHW welcomes new members year-round. Member organisations may include;

  • Independent cinemas
  • Mixed arts venues
  • Film societies
  • Community cinema providers
  • Film festivals
  • Film archives
  • Commercial cinemas
  • Film educators
  • Broadcasters
  • Wider film/arts organisations that have an interest in working with film.

Membership Criteria:
To become a FHW member, your organisation will need to share the objectives of FHW above in addition to the wider objectives of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN):

  • Reach – to increase and broaden audiences for specialised and independent British film,
  • Breadth – to considerably extend film choice for audiences across the UK,
  • Depth – to enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film leading to a better understanding of audiences,
  • Capability – enhanced expertise in key areas via training and mentoring, which supports network objectives,
  • Partnerships – a collaborative Network which works together effectively to deliver an exciting programme of film a range of settings and platforms,
  • Leverage – to raise additional investment for film exhibition activity across the network,
  • Diversity – catering to underserved audiences, making a variety of content widely accessible.

Membership to FHW is free. To join, please complete our application form online here or from the download link below.

Benefits for Members:


  • Access to Film Hub Wales’ Network and Audience Development funds (All members may apply for training bursaries and support for Welsh film and archive projects but member criteria applies to the Audience Development Fund. Please see our guidelines for more details),
  • Marketing support through FHW web and UK wide initiatives, social media and other outlets with potential to raise awareness of your organisation,
  • Potential to participate in audience research initiatives that will aim to better understand audience behaviour and improve individual data collection,
  • The opportunity to participate in high quality special events and UK wide blockbuster seasons,
  • The opportunity to pool programme resources and share best practice.


  • Potential to benefit from Hub fundraising,
  • Industry advice and partnership support from the Film Hub Wales team and members,
  • Access to Hub meetings where there is potential to collaborate through cultural programming, develop new projects and discuss new developments within the sector,
  • Access to bursaries with opportunities for bespoke training and mentoring,
  • Increased connectivity, through links to wider hub members, film practitioners and organisations UK wide (Cinema for All, British Film Institute, Independent Cinema Office),
  • Explore potential links to digital technologies via CAN and other relevant organisations and advocacy for sector needs,
  • Opportunities for communication with established independent UK venues, offering potential for increased admissions,
  • Representation and advocacy on a national level via FHW at UK Hub meetings and events and internationally via organisations such as Europa Cinema,
  • Access to regular updates with information on upcoming programmes and industry news.

Funding Available:

Audience Development

Funding will be made available to exhibition projects with national, regional or local community reach that support adventurous programming, such as targeted screenings for hard to reach groups, youth or family audiences, archive, pop-up screenings, life-long learning or cross arts.

Network Development

Training and Skills:
Bursaries of up to £500 are available to enable members to attend training workshops, festivals, conferences and networking opportunities.

FHW will work with members to test flexible approaches to programming and audience development.

Wales wide research projects that aim to explore and understand the current landscape of film in Wales and the audiences within both rural and urban areas, the UK and the wider market. Research will support local exhibitors and UK wide partner initiatives where possible.