THE Keith cinema group will continue to play movies during the phase-out of 35mm film while it awaits funding for a digital projector.
Coordinating the grant attainment is Tatiara District Council cultural development officer Naomi Fallon who applied for a "Youth Connect" grant through the Office of Youth in Adelaide.
Ms Fallon said she was "hopeful" funding would be granted if not through the youth grant - while also scouting further grants as "backup funding".
"We are doing this in conjunction with BIL/ACE group (Boys in leadership/active community elective)," Ms Fallon said.
"The Keith Cinema is linked with the youth; there are quite a few (grant) alternatives.
"It must be recognised that there are lots of opportunities to do skill development (with the cinema) and it's a good entrepreneurial project for Keith's young people."
The search for funding is needed after council discussed in January that there was not sufficient funding in the 2013-14 budget to install a projector at the Keith Institute along with the Tatiara Civic Centre which is currently having a digital projector installed by digit ALL for over $47,000.
Council previously hoped the one projector could be shared between the Tatiara Civic Centre and the Keith Institute, which was deemed not feasible.
Keith Area School staff members Janine Vickery and Jan Story coordinate the student run cinema group and said having a digital projector would make a world of difference to how students manage movies.
"Moving the projector from Bordertown would have left it open to issue like travel damage - insurance wise basically."
Mrs Vickery said having a digital projector would make the process for students much easier as only three students know how to operate the projector.
Setup time is also a prohibiting factor.
Mrs Vickery said there will be a limited options for movies in the future year while they wait for the grant.
"Media Logistics (movie supplier) just said that during this year there will only be a small number of films that are going to be available," Mrs Vickery said.
"We will still be able to run, but might not be able to always get the films that we want which is a bit of a shame.
"It's one of those things that technology changes and over time I guess things have to go to digital"
The Keith BIL/ACE group was established in 2003.
A projector was attained through a Grant received from the Foundation for Young Australians.