The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs across the UK managed by leading film organisations. Supported by the National Lottery, we seek to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone.
Since 2016, BFI FAN has been supporting new film releases. Our aim is to better connect the worlds of distribution and exhibition, and ensure that important independent releases find a place in cinemas, and connect with audiences, across the UK.
Find out more about how BFI FAN supports new releases and how you can get involved below.
FAN support for selected titles
From summer 2018, BFI FAN will support 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.
The next films to receive FAN support are Utøya (26 October 2018), Shoplifters (23 November 2018), Burning (1 February 2019) and Happy as Lazzaro (15 March 2019).
Submissions are open on a rolling basis for films being released from April 2019 onwards. Shortlisting for the next selection will take place in January/February 2019 and we expect to announce the next films to receive FAN support by the end of February.
To qualify for FAN support, submitted films must meet at least three of the below criteria in addition to a clear rationale for its appeal to a young audience (16-30 years). Please note FAN will only support films scheduled for release by the FDA and certified by BBFC.
- Go beyond the mainstream offer and may be perceived as ‘risky’ or ‘challenging’
- Have potential to engage diverse audiences (as per BFI Diversity Standards)
- Show a diversity of on-screen portrayals, cultures and languages.
- Tell distinctive British stories – with a focus on non-London
- Make a particular contribution to the art of film (for example a distinctive style)
- FAN can impact on in terms of audience reach and engagement
Further information for Film Distributors:
All FAN support is focussed on reaching young people, aged 16-30, and includes:
- A tailored, regionally-focussed campaign – that looks at the entire life-span of the release – developed in conversation with the film distributor to complement national plans
- Communication to FAN member exhibitors to encourage bookings and offer regional campaign support
- A marketing consultant in each of the eight Film Hub areas working to:
- raise visibility and attendance via regional press and marketing
- support key venues with additional event activity and marketing
- A small campaign budget in each of the eight Film Hub areas
- A BFI FAN Marketing Pack designed especially for exhibitors with event and marketing ideas, copy, images, assets, press and e-mail outreach templates – ensuring exhibitors have everything in one place to help effectively promote the film
Further information for Film Exhibitors:
Support for exhibitors screening FAN-supported films is focussed on reaching young people, aged 16-30, and includes:
- A BFI FAN Marketing Pack designed especially for exhibitors and containing event and marketing ideas, copy, images, assets, press and e-mail outreach templates to help effectively promote the film
- Access to a small campaign budget for grassroots marketing or event activity e.g. social media advertising or a special event
- An extended press and marketing campaign in each Film Hub area to raise visibility and attendance
- Longer-term audience development support for selected FAN venues each year. Venues have already been selected for this round and applications will open again from April 2019. This support includes:
- an audience development workshop – get expert help to create a plan that works for your venue, aimed at developing 16-30 audiences for new releases
- help implementing your plan from a local marketing consultant
- access to the regional campaign budget for additional marketing or event activity for each of the FAN-supported titles
Booking Now is a new, monthly newsletter that will be delivered to all FAN members. It includes booking opportunities for new releases as well as nationwide seasons (e.g. the BFI Blockbuster) and touring programmes.
Film Exhibitors: Booking Now is delivered automatically to FAN members – if you’re not a member yet, find out more about joining your nearest Film Hub.
Film Distributors & Event Programmers: If you have a concrete offer for FAN member exhibitors (e.g. talent available for Q&As, a touring programme or access to regional marketing support) Booking Now is the place to share it – submit information to be included via the link below.
*Please note we will not be able to include information about standard film releases. We will only include information where there is additional marketing or event activity and/or a wider programme available to book.