Supporting New Film Releases

 

Since summer 2018, BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has been supporting four new release films each year to help exhibitors across the UK engage with more diverse audiences and programme more titles that might be perceived as being ‘risky’ or ‘too challenging’. Anyone can submit a film for consideration and we particularly welcome submissions from film distributors and exhibitors.

BFI FAN has previously supported a diverse line-up of films including: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, the coming-of-age LGBT story We The Animals, Korean drama Burning from director Lee Chang-dong and political activism documentary Hail Satan? 

Discover the latest titles to receive FAN support, which include amazing films from across the globe that deserve to be seen on the big screen.

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

Also, download our BFI FAN New Release flyer for additional information.

Upcoming 2020 releases

System Crasher

Dir. Nora Fingscheidt | Cert TBC | 118 mins | Germany | 2019

Release date: Feb/Mar 2020 (TBC) from 606 Distribution

Booking: pat.kelman@606distribution.co.uk

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

The wild 9-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.

  • Marketing pack and assets (coming soon)
  • Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
  • Support from Inclusive Cinema for exhibitors putting on accessible screenings
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads

For information on how FAN can support your screening, please contact Timon Singh, Campaigns Manager, Film Hub South West at ti.s@watershed.co.uk 

To find out the latest titles to receive FAN support for 2019/2020, sign up to your local Film Hub in order to receive the Booking Now email.

Previous 2019 releases

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Dir. Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz  | Cert. 12A | 1hr 33 min | U.S.

Release date: 18 October from Signature Entertainment (Non-theatrical screenings: 22 November)

Booking: sales@signature-entertainment.co.uk

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Dakota Johnson (Suspiria, Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as Zak’s loving, but stubborn, carer.

From writer/director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz the film also stars Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, Fury), Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraksa), John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and introducing Zack Gottsagen as Zak.

Hail Satan?

Dir. Penny Lane | Cert. 15 | 1hr 35 min | U.S.

Release date: 23 August from Dogwoof

Booking: marcel@dogwoof.com

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

We The Animals

Dir. Jeremiah Zagar | Cert TBC | 1hr 33 min | U.S.

Out now from Eureka Entertainment

Booking: steve@eurekavideo.co.uk

Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

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.

What to expect from FAN support

  • Regional film marketers that work on film campaigns in every Film Hub region. You can expect increased profile and visibility in your area as well as more in-venue marketing and event opportunities.
  • Social media marketing budget is available for venues that screen FAN-supported titles. All venues and festivals can pitch for additional budget for grassroots marketing or event activity.  Get in touch at fannewreleases@watershed.co.uk with your idea.
  • A BFI FAN Marketing Pack is available for all films. Designed especially for exhibitors the pack contains event and marketing ideas, copy, images, assets, press and e-mail outreach templates to help effectively promote the film.
  • FAN support focuses on developing diverse audiences for independent films. You can expect ideas and assets, as well as case studies on what’s worked (and what hasn’t!) to help with your own audience development plans.
  • Long-term audience development support is available each year for a limited number of venues. Venues have already been selected for this round and we will be opening this support again from April 2019.
  • An open submission process for the new release film titles FAN are supporting each year. Exhibitors and distributors can submit a title to be considered for FAN support at any time. See below for more details and to submit!

If you have a question or would like to find out more, please get in touch at fannewreleases@watershed.co.uk.

Submit a title for FAN support

Anyone can submit a film for consideration and we particularly welcome submissions from film distributors and exhibitors. Submissions are open on a rolling basis for films set to be released from December 2019-April 2020.

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 diverse audiences. 

In selecting the titles, many are run by young audience members for Into Film, Young Audiences and Rife for their feedback to ensure that potential titles resonate and appeal to young audiences.  

Here’s a few tips for distributors that we’ve learnt so far by promoting New Release titles.

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), including younger audiences (aged 16-30)
  • 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

Submit a film

Further information for Film Distributors:

All FAN support is focussed on reaching diverse audiences 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

Newsletter

Booking Now is a monthly newsletter that is 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.

Submit to Booking Now

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