The London Screenwriters’ Festival to receive £41,996 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund


The London Screenwriters’ Festival to receive £41,996 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • The London Screenwriters’ Festival is among 925 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund
  • This award will help the festival survive the pandemic and also expand into the more diverse digital horizons that post the pandemic world promises.

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including the London Screenwriters’ Festival in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival has been awarded a grant of £41,996 by the Arts Council.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival just delivered its tenth festival where it delivered three days of events on stage and then three weeks of events online. Over 1,000 international delegates joined us, either in person or online.

The festival is the leading grassroots event for screenwriters in Europe and now runs a mix of online and onstage events.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival founder Chris Jones, said: “Without support from the Arts Council the festival would not have survived the pandemic, and we now look forward to diversifying to reach even further than the boundaries of London.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.

Notes to Editors

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19.

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