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: Clio Bernard’s Ali & Ava, the Romanian social satire Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, Korean drama Burning from director Lee Chang-dong and political activism documentary Hail Satan? 

We are also working closely with FAN Young Consultants who have worked with distributors to create bespoke marketing packs for venues looking to attract 18-25 year old audience members.

Visit FAN Young Audiences for more information.

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, sign up to your local Film Hub in order to receive the Booking Now email.

Now available to book

Queen of Glory

Dir. Nana Mensah | Cert. 15  | 78 mins | US | 2021

Booking: delphine@bohemiamedia.co.uk

Release date: 26 August 2022

‘Queen of Glory’ is the story of Sarah Obeng, the brilliant child of Ghanaian immigrants, who is quitting her Ivy League PhD program to follow her married lover to Ohio. When her mother dies suddenly, she bequeaths her daughter a Christian bookstore in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx where Sarah was raised. A follow-up on the classic immigrant’s tale, Queen of Glory provokes laughter and empathy, as its heroine is reborn through her inheritance. 

BFI FAN members that screen Queen of Glory can expect and request:

  • Audio descriptive and captioned versions of the film
  • Marketing pack and assets including programme notes
  • Possible director in person-Q&A available to book
  • Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
  • Advice from Inclusive Cinema for exhibitors putting on accessible screenings
  • Support from BFI FAN’s Young Consultants
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads

What is the BFI Film Audience Network?

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. 

For more information on the Film Audience Network, click here.

What to expect from BFI FAN New Release 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 BFI FAN New Release 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 and we are now taking submissions for the 2022/23 season.

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

Booking Now 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 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

Sign up: If you’re a FAN Member, you can receive the Booking Now email every two weeks to receive the latest booking news. If you currently don’t receive it, sign up here.

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.

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