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 BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) aims to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone across the whole of the UK. Supported by National Lottery funding, it is a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs, managed by leading film organisations and venues strategically placed around the country. Established in 2012, it now has over 1,200 members, including cinemas, festivals, multi-arts venues, community cinemas and film archives, and is at the heart of the BFI’s strategy to build larger and more diverse audiences for UK and international film and a thriving cinema exhibition sector.

Film Hubs are regional and national centres of expertise and support that connect cinemas, festivals and creative practitioners so that people can access a broader range of cinema across the UK. They use their local knowledge and relationships to deliver responsive support to develop the confidence, ambition and reach of film exhibitors in the nations and regions. 

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BFI Film Audience Network UK-wide projects

The BFI Film Audience Network also runs a range of UK-wide 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 UK-wide 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

Award-winning German drama System Crasher receives BFI FAN new release support

We are proud to announce the final title to receive BFI FAN support for the 2019/2020 season – System Crasher (distributed by 606 Distribution).

She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled.

The wild nine-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”, and she is certainly not looking to change her ways.

Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy! Unfortunately, her mother is scared of her own daughter. Trying to find a permanent placement for Benni, Child Protection Services hires Micha, an anger management trainer, and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired? 

While being acutely authentic, first-time director Nora Fingscheidt transcends a psychological study and crafts vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema, which evokes unforgettable performances.

BFI FAN members that screen the title will have access to:

  • BFI FAN members’ marketing pack
  • Freelance marketing support
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads

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

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    Inclusive Cinema

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

Go to the Inclusive Cinema site

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    The Bigger Picture

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

Go to The Bigger Picture site

  • 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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    From early silent films to contemporary innovation, this UK-wide season will explore the form, history and future potential of Japanese cinema.

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    Screen Heritage

    New Directions: a season of archive film events retracing the steps that brought the UK to its current political and cultural crossroads.

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