There is more to watching films than meets the eye; experiencing films together can change our lives & communities for the better. 

The BFI Film Audience Network has developed The Bigger Picture to showcase how film exhibitors from across the UK are making a difference. Full of inspirational case studies, articles guides and research, this resource, developed by exhibitors for exhibitors, is a place to pick up ideas, get different perspectives on the issues we are facing and to share our stories with the wider world. 

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Case studies

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Leytonstone Loves Film

Leytonstone Loves Film was a two-day celebration of film taking place at the end of September 2019. It was commissioned by London Borough of Waltham Forest and produced by the Barbican leading a consortium of film organisations to celebrate International Film culture and explore the unique cinema legacy of the local community and environment. There were two days of family programming, including screenings of multiple shorts and features as well as workshops and activities.

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Stroud Film Festival

Stroud Film Festival has grown and evolved over the past few years into a community-wide event with 34 screenings and events appealing to a wide range of tastes at 13 venues across the town.

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BFI FAN New Releases

Discover the latest titles to receive FAN support, which include amazing films from across the globe that deserve to be seen on the big screen.

Inclusive Cinema

A toolkit for exhibitors focused on inclusion
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FAN Advice Sessions

Are you in need of specialist advice for your venue, programme, or festival? Would you like one-on-one advice in business planning, health and safety, or technical questions?

FAN Advice Sessions offers 1-on-1 or group sessions with cinema industry experts.