The BFI Film Audience Network is a unique collaboration of eight Film Hubs managed by leading film organisations across the UK. The Film Audience Network is at the heart of the BFI’s latest strategy BFI2022 which seeks to ensure the greatest choice of film is available for everyone.
Film Hubs are regional networks of cinemas, festivals and other exhibition organisations working together to develop a thriving and inclusive film exhibition sector. It is free for exhibitors to join their local Hub and membership offers a range of benefits including training, financial support, access to special film seasons and programmes, networking opportunities and much more.
BFI Film Audience Network national projects
The BFI Film Audience Network also runs a range of national projects to strengthen the exhibition sector and develop greater and more diverse audiences for independent cinema all over the UK. National projects include industry events such as This Way Up and Slate Day, support for new releases and initiatives to widen access and inclusivity.
BFI Network opportunities
As of 2018, thanks to National Lottery funding, six BFI Network talent executives have been appointed in the English Hubs to give greater support to new and emerging talent where they live. This recognises the strength of the Hubs as spaces for filmmakers and audiences to meet. The ambition is to ensure all aspiring talent across the UK can access support, as well as benefit from signposting to the full scope of funding and training opportunities available to develop careers across the screen industries.