Film Audience Network

The BFI Film Audience Network is a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs managed by leading film organisations across the UK. The Film Audience Network is at the heart of the BFI’s latest strategy BFI2022 which seeks to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, BFI Sci-Fi, Film Hub Wales

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, BFI Sci-Fi, Film Hub Wales

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.

Find your local Film Hub

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.

Explore BFI Film Audience Network national projects

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.

Find out more about opportunities available via BFI NETWORK

Latest news

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.

Find out more about BFI FAN supported new releases and how you can get involved

  • Inclusive Cinema

    Inclusive Cinema

    A UK-wide toolkit to support exhibitors in celebrating diversity.

Go to the Inclusive Cinema site

  • The Bigger Picture

    The Bigger Picture

    Case studies, articles and research showcasing how exhibitors across the UK are making a difference.

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  • BFI FAN new releases

    BFI FAN new releases

    Find out more about how BFI FAN supports new film releases and how you can get involved.

Go to the FAN new releases site

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    Film Feels: Obsession

    Designed to celebrate film’s unique ability to transport, to illuminate and to spark a conversation, Film Feels is open to all exhibitors...

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