Tickets and other purchases
BFI Southbank is funded and operated by the British Film Institute.
British Film Institute takes the privacy of its customers very seriously. Please read the following policy to understand how we will treat your personal information when you use our site.
We operate and are registered as The British Film Institute in accordance with current data protection legislation. Our data protection registration number is K417687X.
The information we collect
In order to provide you with the best service we can, we collect certain personal information about you. When you book tickets via the site, we will need to collect information about you to process the transaction and fulfil your order. This information may include, but is not limited to, details such as your name, your address and your credit card details.
What do we do with your personal information?
The British Film Institute uses your personal information to keep you informed about events, news and offers which we think will be of interest to you. If you have chosen to receive them, we will also use your information to provide you email bulletins and other email alerts letting you stay up-to-date about relevant screenings, events and offers. We may also use the information to process any transactions you undertake with us and for internal administration and analysis. We disclose your information to third parties only for providing the above services to you. We do not sell, rent or trade your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes without your consent.
BFI uses a ticketing and CRM solution called Audience View.
AudienceView uses session cookies, which are not stored on the user’s computer persistent storage (e.g. disk) and only kept in computer memory (RAM) for the duration of the user’s visit.
AudienceView session cookies are also essential for being able to provide service to the end user, which puts them into the ‘strictly necessary’ category described in the regulations.
Our secure server ensures that your personal details stay personal.
How do I know if a website is secure?
Every credit card purchase you make at our website is done through our Secure Server Technology. This provides many security features, including:
- Authentication: this assures your browser that your data is being sent to the correct computer server, and that the server is secure.
- Encryption: this encodes the data, so that it cannot be read by anyone other than the secure server.
- Data Integrity: this checks the data being transferred to ensure it has not been altered.
Our online ticketing facility accepts
Our secure server software encrypts information, ensuring that Internet transactions stay private and protected. Our website uses a security protocol called ‘SSL3’.
Delivery and Postage
The BFI Southbank can post out tickets within the UK for screenings a minimum of 1 week in the future
Tickets will be delivered within 7 to 10 days. If the performance is fewer than 5 days away or you are based outside of the UK then your tickets will be kept care of the Box Office and may be collected by showing your payment card.
BFI also offers ticket collection kiosks in venue.
Merchandise from the Filmstore will be sent separately and delivered by post to the same address on your file. Items will be sent First Class within 14 working days. If we cannot deliver these items within this time we will contact you by email.
For further details please call the Box Office on 020 7928 3232. Open every day between 11:30am and 8:30pm except December 24/25/26/31 or fill out the Contact Form.
We are unable to respond to ticket availability requests via email, please contact the Box Office on 020 7928 3232 between 11:30am and 8:30pm for up to date availability.
Postage for merchandise is calculated as a flat fee plus an additional cost per item.
- National rates = 1.50 per item
- International rates = 2.50 per item
Terms and conditions
Please note that screenings start at their advertised times. Tickets cannot be purchased after the screening start time. Pre-booked tickets can be collected if the screening has commenced, however latecomers will be seated by staff to minimise disruption to other members of the audience, and may not be able to take the seats designated on their tickets.
We reserve the right of admission and, in exceptional circumstances, membership of the BFI may be revoked. We reserve the right to, in unavoidable circumstances, to alter the programme without prior notice. The licensing authority does not permit standing.
No cameras or tape recorders are allowed in the theatres.
Fees, Refunds, Returns and Exchanges*
BFI Southbank tickets are subject to an £1 booking fee per transaction, which is capped at £3 for multiple bookings. This booking fee is only for telephone and online bookings, not counter sales. BFI Champions and BFI Members are exempt from these booking fees. To take advantage of this exemption online, please make sure that you always login to your online account before you start booking.
BFI Festival tickets are not subject to booking fees.
Ticket exchange and refunds
BFI Southbank tickets cannot be returned or exchanged unless you are a current BFI Champion, BFI Member or BFI Supporter. Those eligible will receive a Gift Certificate to the value of the tickets returned as long as they are returned no later than 24 hours ahead of the performance ie before the Box Office closes on the day before. If tickets have been issued, these must be returned to the Box Office in person or by post by that time. The Gift Certificate will be valid for 12 months from the date of issue or when the membership lapses, whichever is soonest. The Gift Certificate can be redeemed as full or part payment of tickets for performances at BFI Southbank, subject to availability, within that period. Gift Certificates can currently be redeemed when booking tickets in person and by telephone.
BFI Festival tickets cannot be returned, exchanged or refunded. This applies to all customers including BFI Champions, Members and Supporters. BFI Champions, Members and Supporters can redeem existing Gift Certificates (see above) against Festival tickets when booking by telephone or online only.
Merchandise returns policy
Unused items from the online shop may be returned with no explanation required if you change your mind within 7 working days after the goods have been received. Please return to:
London SE1 8XT
A limited number of standby seats are reserved for sale half an hour before each performance. These are only available for customers in person at the BFI Southbank Box Office.
* Fees and transaction charges are subject to change.
Statement on 2013 ticket price increase
In the current climate all cultural organisations are looking at ways of balancing the breadth and quality of their programming and the prices they need to charge to deliver excellence.
Our usual April price rise this year includes an increase in concession prices for the first time in over five years. After so many years of keeping our concessions prices as low as possible, this year we have had to raise them to a more competitive level to ensure that overall we can still provide the best films and guests from around the world.
We never take any price increase lightly but believe that our prices still favourably compare with those of our West End neighbours. We are maintaining our low prices on Tuesdays (now £6) but the number available will be reduced and so we encourage people to book early to take advantage of this rate.