Article: Altitude Film Entertainment’s Ali & Ava receives New Release support from BFI FAN

Ali & Ava, a compelling contemporary love story written & directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant, Dark River), is the latest film to receive BFI FAN New Release Support. The British BIFA award-winning film, starring Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar will be released theatrically by Altitude Film Entertainment on 4 March 2022.

Since summer 2018, BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has been supporting four new release films each year to help exhibitors across the UK engage with more diverse audiences and programme titles that they traditionally would not book. BFI FAN members that screen New Release titles receive support from BFI FAN including marketing resources and social media budget.

Sparks fly after ALI and AVA meet through their shared affection for Sofia, the child of Ali’s tenants whom Ava teaches. Ali finds comfort in Ava’s warmth and kindness while Ava finds Ali’s complexity and humour irresistible. As the pair begin to form a deep connection they have to find a way to keep their newfound passion from being overshadowed by the stresses and struggles of their separate lives and histories.​

Enveloped in music, humour and emotion, ALI & AVA is a heartfelt contemporary love story written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant).

Filmed and set in Bradford, ALI & AVA is financed by BBC Films, BFI (awarding National Lottery funding) and Screen Yorkshire, with Altitude handling world sales and UK and Irish distribution.

Most recently, Ali & Ava was nominated for Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Casting and Best Actress at the 2021 BIFA Awards. It won Best Actor for Adeel Akhtar and Best Music by Connie Farr/Harry Escott.

BFI FAN members that screen Ali & Ava can expect and request:

  • Audio descriptive and captioned versions of the film
  • Marketing pack and assets including programme notes
  • Pre-recorded talent Q&A available to book
  • Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
  • Advice from Inclusive Cinema for exhibitors putting on accessible screenings
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads

Ali & Ava is released on 4 March 2022 and can be booked by contacting contact Bryony Forde

Other new Release titles released in the 2021/22 season include the award-winning Sound of Metal from Vertigo Releasing, Another Round from StudioCanal, Limbo from MUBI, Balloon from Day for Night and Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn from Sovereign Film Distribution.

For more information on how BFI FAN can support your screening, visit to download the marketing pack or email

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