BFI Stephen Street

For press screenings or presentations, effects shots, finished film prints or special private viewings – anyone can hire our two 36-seat screening rooms.

Available by the hour, half or full day, as well as by evening, we can play formats from DCP to 16mm film.

Material from the BFI National Archive is also available for viewing. Find out about BFI Distribution films.

BFI Southbank

For film premieres, look no further than BFI Southbank’s NFT1 cinema.

Seating 450, NFT1 can be hired with the Riverfront Bar and Kitchen, overlooking the Thames, the Riverfront allows for a red-carpet entrance into a bright, open reception space with exclusive access.

BFI Southbank also contains mid-sized cinemas for more booking options.

Catering and hospitality of the highest standards are provided by Benugo.

What can be screened at the BFI

We can screen any title, including your own film but films owned by third parties will need to have screening rights cleared.

Screening rights may incur a cost, as might the hire of a suitable print of the film to screen.

For a list of titles the BFI holds take a look at the BFI distribution catalogue.

Please note, we cannot hire out spaces to clients for public screenings. All private auditorium hire at the BFI must be for private audiences.

How to book

BFI Stephen Street can accommodate very short notice bookings, including same-day.

Email stephenstreetevents@bfi.org.uk or telephone  020 7957 4777

For day time bookings at BFI Southbank we recommend at least one month’s notice and evening hires require at least five months’ notice.

Contact the Southbank events team or telephone 020 7849 4461

Rates and charges

Venue hire charges differ depending on which space you require, how long you need the space for and the specific requirements of your event. Please use our contact form to get a quote for your event.

All rates include:

• the use of the in-house AV equipment
• the assistance of a BFI Events Coordinator
• a projectionist

NFT1, NFT2 and NFT3 bookings include an usher.

We can also quote for additions such as a cloakroom and cloakroom staff, and additional security should they be required. All catering enquiries and ordering are dealt with by Benugo at BFI Southbank and by Stephen St Kitchen at BFI Stephen Street.