Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger

Dive into the cinematic universe of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger whose creative partnership in the 1940s created some of the most stylistically ambitious, thematically rich, subversive, and sensual British films ever made.


A still from Red Shoes with a ballet dancer striking a pose looking at her striking red shoes.

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Conceived by the BFI and delivered in partnership with FAN, Cinema Unbound is the greatest celebration yet of this extraordinary duo of filmmakers.

Powell and Pressburger not only transformed British cinema, but the vast, subversive, and seductive creative universes they created has gone on to influence the world of cinema and bled into wider popular culture – allowing for numerous entry points into their work for audiences in line with BFI’s Screen Culture 2033 priorities. 

Backed by a UK-wide Press and marketing campaign and a central listing platform, the season will have a broad audience appeal.  

We are now inviting cinemas, festivals and multi arts & media organisations to present seasons, events and screenings that celebrate the work of Powell & Pressburger and their influence.

You must be a member of Film Hub South West as part of BFI Film Audience Network to access support from this programme.


How do I become a Film Hub Member?

To be eligible for support, organisations must be registered members of the Film Hub South West and be legally constituted with a nominated UK Bank Account. Proposals from individuals or non-members will not be considered.

If you are not already a member of the hub you can look at the criteria and apply here.


Where do I start?

Look at the Creative Brief below for more information about the programme scope and to get some inspiration.

Also get ideas from the list of available contextual titles that are available to book.

  • Powell & Pressburger Creative Brief Download

What is available?

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Amounts you can apply for:

  • MENU: Access up to £500 (£125 per film)


Period of activity:

The bulk of the season takes place this Autumn (16 Oct – 31 Dec 2023) at BFI Southbank and across FAN.

(Note that the menu will be available to book until the end of Feb 2024)



If you require any access needs for completing the form, you may email us directly and we can advise how we can accommodate your needs to complete a proposal.

You can find further support for access here


What are the guidelines for this fund?

Please read carefully the guidelines PDF below.

How do I apply?

This fund has now closed and is visible for reference purposes only.

Below you will find multiple versions of the form to plan your application, however, all applications should be submitted through the button towards the bottom of this page.

Unfortunately, the application process cannot be saved mid-progress, so please bear this in mind when completing your proposal.

  • Word version of MENU application
  • Application Form (MENU) - Powell and Pressburger Download

Click Here To Submit Your Application

Key dates:

  • Menu applications will be kept open on a rolling basis until Mon 16 October 2023.
  • BFI Full Programme announcement: Early September 2023
  • Period of Activity: Mon 16 Oct – 31 Dec 2023 (except for the Menu which can be booked until 29 Feb 2024.)

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