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FAN New Releases: Submissions Now Open

Since 2016, BFI FAN has been supporting new film releases. Our 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.

Previous films that have been supported by the New Release Strategy include The Fits, Chevalier, Mustang and A Fantastic Woman.

From summer 2018, BFI FAN will support five new release films each year, selected by representatives from BFI FAN, BFI, Into Film and the Independent Cinema Office. Anyone can submit a film for consideration and we particularly welcome submissions from film distributors and exhibitors. Shortlisting for the next selection will take place in August 2018 and we expect to announce the next films to receive FAN support by the end of that month.

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 a young audience (16-30 years). 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)
  • 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
To submit a film, visit the dedicated New Releases website here.

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