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: 



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 open until Friday August 24. 


  • 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.


If you have any questions, please email or