Film Hubs are regional networks of cinemas, festivals and other exhibition organisations working together to develop a thriving and inclusive film exhibition sector. It is free for exhibitors to join their local Hub and membership offers a range of benefits including training, financial support, access to special film seasons and programmes, networking opportunities and much more.
BFI Film Audience Network national projects
The BFI Film Audience Network also runs a range of national projects to strengthen the exhibition sector and develop greater and more diverse audiences for independent cinema all over the UK. National projects include industry events such as This Way Up and Slate Day, support for new releases and initiatives to widen access and inclusivity.
BFI NETWORK opportunities
As of 2018, thanks to National Lottery funding, six BFI NETWORK talent executives have been appointed in the English Hubs to give greater support to new and emerging talent where they live. This recognises the strength of the Hubs as spaces for filmmakers and audiences to meet. The ambition is to ensure all aspiring talent across the UK can access support, as well as benefit from signposting to the full scope of funding and training opportunities available to develop careers across the screen industries.
We The Animals selected as first BFI FAN supported new release of 2019/2020 season
We are proud to announce the first title to receive BFI FAN support for the 2019/2020 season – director Jeremiah Zagar’s We The Animals.
With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life.
Since summer 2018, BFI Film Audience Network has supported four new release films each year, selected by representatives from BFI FAN, BFI, Into Film and the Independent Cinema Office. Anyone can submit a film for consideration and we particularly welcome submissions from film distributors and exhibitors.