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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£30m BFI Culture Recovery Fund for independent cinemas in England launches guidelines for applications


The BFI has released the guidelines for the £30m Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England to support non-profit and independent cinemas which are facing prohibitive challenges in being able to reopen and operate whilst social distancing is in place and whose business has been heavily impacted following UK- wide closure since the end of March.

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Case studies

Case study

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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Case study

Rainbow Film Festival

An inclusive film festival that engages local Bangladeshi communities across East London, with filmmakers sharing their expertise with local audiences through Q&As and seminars.

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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
We celebrate diversity on screen, in the audience and behind the camera

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.