U.K. Film Council creates Film Festival Fund

Seven film fests will split $1.4 mil

LONDON -- Seven film festivals across Britain have secured a share of 740,000 pounds ($1.4 million) that the U.K. Film Council will dish out over the next three years via its Film Festival Fund.

The Birds Eye View Film Festival and the Sheffield International Documentary Festival were the biggest winners, each scooping up 175,000 pounds ($341,000) to fuel expansion ambitions.

Also securing funding is the Belfast-based Cinemagic World Screen Film and Television Festival for Young People, which was granted 150,000 pounds ($292,000) to take the event on tour in Scotland, Wales, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol.

The British Silent Film Festival and the Birmingham-based Flatpack Festival will receive 70,000 pounds ($136,500) apiece while Deaffest, an event made by the deaf and hearing impaired, and the London International Animation Festival each get 50,000 pounds ($97,460).

"This funding will provide a huge step up for these festivals, which have major plans to reach out to thousands more people and raise their profile significantly," U.K. Film Council CEO John Woodward said.