UK film festivals are to receive £740,000 to help boost their profiles, it has been announced.
Events across the UK showing films of different genres will all benefit from the lottery cash.
UK Film Council chief executive John Woodward said it was a “huge step” for the festivals.
Belfast’s Cinematic event, Sheffield’s International Documentary Festival and the UK-wide Bird’s Eye View showcase for female film-makers will benefit.
“Festivals give people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to immerse themselves in a huge array of exciting and powerful films,” he said.
Festivals which will to benefit from the cash, which will be distributed over the next three years, include:
Cinemagic World Screen Film and Television Festival for Young People – £150,000 – based in Belfast
Birds Eye View Film Festival – £175,000 – showcasing the best of