The BFI’s blockbuster season for 2020 will celebrate the cinema of Japan.

From May to September 2020 UK audiences will be able to discover this country’s rich cinema history, new voices and technical innovation at BFI Southbank and cinemas across the UK, online on BFI Player and with a wide range of UK partners.

BFI’s Japan 2020 season runs from May to September 2020.

How to Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved with the season, from booking touring titles via the ICO, re-releases from BFI, commissioned special events that will tour across the network and funding support for your own projects.This page will be updated with more information about touring and bookable events so do check back or contact us to find out more.For now, read on to find out about funding support to help you take part in the season.


Major Programmes funding will be available to support activity and programmes as part of this season.

  1. Project support for venue-based and regional project proposals up to £12,000.  EOIs open the week beginning 20 January and will close on 6 March 2020 
  2. Screening Engagement (up to £2,000) to help with smaller scale projects, or enhancements to venue-based programmes.  This  will open for applications in Spring 2020

 Programming, Resources and Information

BFI releases and reissues.BFI distribution will issue at least 2 releases as part of the season.  Contact them directly to find out more about dates and terms.

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) Tour.  ICO will offer a touring package of films related to BFI Japan available to UK film exhibitors.  Book these titles directly through ICO from May 2020.

Japan Foundation.  Japan Foundation will be operating their touring programme in February/March.  This tour is not supported by Major Programmes but you may wish to consider using it as a prelude to the Summer season.

To find out more about Major Programmes support for UK-wide seasons email blockbuster@filmhubmidlands.org or call 0115 850 7851. Their office hours are 0900 – 1700 Monday to Friday.