Article: Updated: BFI and Camelot reunite for National Lottery Cinema Weekend 2021

To celebrate the National Lottery’s support for film, and to provide support for UK cinemas, National Lottery Cinema Weekend will be returning.


In light of recent Covid developments, Camelot and the BFI have taken the decision to postpone National Lottery Cinema Weekend from the originally planned 27 and 28 March.  We are still keen to run the event in 2021 and are looking at the end of May as a potential new slot, although we are yet to confirm dates.

Many thanks to those who have registered their interest in taking part.  If you haven’t yet and would like to, please do fill out this short form (this is just to register interest and doesn’t commit you to participation).

The online drop-in session originally scheduled for 19 January will also move, with a new date to be announced.

More information will follow. If you’ve any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to email


Looking forward to brighter times, BFI and Camelot are planning the next National Lottery Cinema Weekend (NLCW) for Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March 2021.

It is hoped that by then, as many venues as possible will be able to participate, and the event will serve as a boost to admissions and help to encourage audiences to make their way back to venues in as large a number as is safe.

BFI and Camelot would like to thank everyone who has taken part both last year and/or in 2018, as well as inviting new venues to join us for the 2021 edition.

As with National Lottery Cinema Day in 2019, there will be a prominent national PR and marketing campaign which saw significantly increased audience numbers from 2018’s event, with 250 participating cinemas overall. This year we have over 200,000 free tickets to give away, which we’ll still be subsidising cinemas for up to the amount of £7.50 each.

FAN members are asked to register their interest before the end of December.  It is appreciated that not everyone is in a position to commit currently, but it is crucial to have a clearer sense of whether the weekend can go ahead. Once this is done, participation will be confirmed in January.

There is more information on how we expect the weekend to run in this FAQ document, and the registration form is here.


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