BFI Film Audience Network UK-Wide Projects

Projects that strengthen the exhibition sector and develop greater and more diverse audiences for independent cinema all over the UK.

Audience at This Way Up 2017

Audience at This Way Up 2017

FAN Major Programmes

Regional film seasons connecting UK audiences

UK-wide film seasons that all FAN members can get involved with, including an annual BFI ‘Blockbuster’ and national programming opportunities generated from within the network.

Contact: Annabel Grundy:

Inclusive Cinema

Celebrating difference

Access is at the heart of FAN’s strategy so we are bringing together a digital resource housing data, case studies and how-to guides, to support inclusive cinema projects. Exhibitors can find out how to run dementia- or autism-friendly screenings, to develop programmes for BAMER, LGBTQIA+ audiences, learning from leading cinemas.

Contact: Toki Allison:

BFI FAN new releases

Supporting some of the best new releases from across the globe

Since 2016 BFI FAN has been supporting new releases with the aim of better connecting the worlds of distribution and exhibition and ensuring that small but important new releases find a place on big screens, and an audience, across the UK. Exhibitors can expect an extended press and marketing campaign alongside bespoke marketing support to help them reach audiences in their area. More information on future plans for BFI FAN support for new releases will be released in Summer 2018.

Contact: Timon Singh:

This Way Up

Inspiring cinema practitioners

This annual gathering invites film exhibitors from across the UK and Europe to come together to explore new ideas, emerging audience trends and the future of cinema. It is an opportunity to meet key figures from the sector, develop practical skills, discover new models and collaborate with like-minded innovators.

Contact: Adam Wright:

Distributor Slate Days

Connecting the worlds of distribution and exhibition

Slate Days give distributors a much-needed platform to present a wide range of British, international and non-mainstream films to exhibitors ranging from multiplexes and indie cinemas to local film clubs. With over 300 organisations and 26 indie and major distributors attending in 2017, Distributor Slate Days is a great opportunity for the sector to forge even stronger ties and share ideas.

Contact: Stefanie Roders:


Other BFI FAN programmes of note:

Queer Film Network

Bringing together Queer film programmers and developing LGBTQIA+ audiences

The Queer Film Network connects and supports LGBTQIA+ programmers and promotes screen diversity across the UK film sector. The group provides a stronger platform for LGBTQIA+ film year round, working with film festivals, clubs and societies that have a long-term ambition to enrich and expand Queer cinema viewing opportunities across the UK.

Indie Box Office Column

Keeping the sector informed

Since January 2015, film critic Charles Gant has been providing FAN members with a weekly column highlighting how independent (or ‘specialised’) films are performing at box office, and specifically looking at their performance in the UK’s independent or arthouse cinemas. This industry intelligence and context is designed to be used by members to help inform their programming decisions. Film Hub members are automatically subscribed to the Indie Box Office Column upon joining.

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