FAN Support For New Film Releases


The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) have relaunched support for new film releases.

Since 2016, BFI FAN has been supporting new film releases. The 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. Support for exhibitors screening FAN-supported films is focussed on reaching young people aged 16-30. The new support plan includes: 



Four great films...a range of support for exhibitors. 

BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has relaunched its support for new film releases and is excited to announce the next four films to receive FAN support. Check out the slate and what’s on offer below or download the PDF



Utøya - July 22 


On 22 July 2011 more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island. In this first fictional movie about the attack we follow Kaja as she tries to survive – minute by minute.

Released: October 26 2018 by Modern Films

Director: Erik Poppe

Cert: TBC

Length: 1hr 32mins 

Country: Norway



“A gut-wrenching ordeal … a brutal single-take drama from the victims’ perspective…like a YA post-apocalyptic dystopia, with Kaja a real-life Katniss Everdeen … an absorbing and moving tribute to the courage of the young victims of Utøya.”



Somewhere in Tokyo, Osamu Shibata and his wife Nobuyo live in poverty. While Osamu receives occasional employment and Nobuyo has a low-paying job, the family relies in large part on the grandmother's pension. As he is shoplifting for groceries with his son, Shota, they discover Yuri, a homeless girl. Osamu takes her home, where the family observes evidence of abuse. Despite their strained finances, they informally adopt her.

Released: November 23 2018 by Thunderbird

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda 

Cert: 15

Length: 2hr 1min 

Country: Japan



“Equal parts incisive social critique and nuanced family portrait, the latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda — winner of this year's Palme d’Or at Cannes — follows a small band of marginalized misfits struggling to make ends meet in a merciless urban environment.” - Toronto International Film Festival





In this thrilling adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong returns with a gripping psychological thriller about obsessive love set in modern consumerist Korea.

Released February 1, 2019 by Thunderbird

Director: Lee Chang-dong 

Cert: 15

Length: 2hr 28min

Country: South Korea


Happy as Lazzaro


Sweet-natured Lazzaro lives in a village in the beautiful Italian countryside, set apart from the world by a bridge that no one can be bothered to fix. Life unfolds much like it did a century ago, save for the odd Walkman and 1990s-era dance music, until things take a strange and supernatural turn as Lazzaro strikes up a friendship with a rebellious young nobleman.

Released: April 5, 2019 by Modern Films

Director: Alice Rohrwacher 

Cert: TBC 

Length: 2hr 5min 

Country: Italy


“Rohrwacher concocts a trippy brew of Italian class struggle, folk tales, biblical allegory, pop culture references and a rich vein in cinema history.” - BFI London Film Festival


  • 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 coordinated by regional marketers in each Film Hub area to raise visibility and attendance,
  • 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.



An open submission process for 5 new release film titles supported each year. Exhibitors and distributors can submit a title to be considered for FAN support at any time.

Go to and get submitting!

The first selection is for films released from mid-October 2018 onwards and the selection will take place in August 2018. 



A new, monthly newsletter delivered to all FAN members (launching Summer 2018). It includes booking opportunities for new releases as well as nationwide seasons (e.g. the BFI Blockbuster) and touring programmes. Registered Film Hub members will automatically receive this newsletter – if you’re not a member yet, find out more about joining Film Hub Wales.



Longer-term audience development support for selected FAN venues each year. Further information is available in the downloadable PDF here and you can apply here. 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.

Applications are now closed for 2018/2019.


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