FAN New Releases

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has relaunched its support for new film releases and is excited to announce the next four films to receive FAN support

Since summer 2018, BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has supported four new release films each year, selected by representatives from BFI FAN, BFI, Into Film and the Independent Cinema Office. Anyone can submit a film for consideration and we particularly welcome submissions from film distributors and exhibitors.

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 below and get in touch at fannewreleases@watershed.co.uk to take up what’s on offer.

For information on how FAN can support your screening, please contact Timon Singh, Campaigns Manager, Film Hub South West at ti.s@watershed.co.uk 

Upcoming 2021 Releases…

Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn

Dir. Radu Jude | Cert 18  | 106 mins | Romania | 2021

Booking: chee@sovereignfilms.co.uk

Release date: 26 November 2021

Emi, a school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure. Radu Jude (Aferim!) delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, irreverent humor and scathing commentary on hypocrisy and prejudice in our societies.

 

 

BFI FAN members that screen Bad Luck Banging can expect and request:

  • Audio descriptive and captioned versions of the film
  • Marketing pack and assets including programme notes
  • Pre-recorded 20 min director Q&A available for exhibitors
  • Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
  • Advice from Inclusive Cinema for exhibitors putting on accessible screenings
  • Support from BFI FAN’s Young Consultants
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads

Past 2021 Releases…

Ballon

Dir. Pema Tseden | Cert 12A  | 102 mins | China | 2019

Booking: duncan@day-for-night.org

Release date: 24 September 2021

Tibet, 1980s: Dargye and Drolkar’s two boisterous youngest sons have blown up their parents’ condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage their entire village, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The shepherd couple already have three sons, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can’t have any more.

Once China’s one-child policy was relaxed in 2015 – now permitting two children per family – space opened up for films examining the often profoundly traumatic consequences of this measure. Tseden takes a drily comic approach to the subject here, captured in deceptively simple handheld footage full of implicit symbolism. In his world, there is no chasm between modernity and tradition; rather, the two gently rub against each other.

With its cool colour palette, attentive handheld camerawork, and painterly passages that seem to transpire somewhere between this world and the next, Balloon approaches weighty themes with beguiling brio and a sense of wonder.

Limbo

Dir: Ben Sharrock | Cert TBC  | 103 mins | UK | 2020

Booking: Natalie Ralph <nralph@mubi.com>

Release date: 30 July 2021

Ben Sharrock’s critically adored deadpan comedy-drama Limbo is a wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience, shining a light on the hearts and lives of those at the centre of a crisis that is mostly only experienced through the headlines.

Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, Limbo tells the story of a group of new arrivals awaiting the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar (played by rising star Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who, thousands of miles from home, finds himself trapped by guilt, regret and the grief that he carries for the loss of his former identity. Separated from his family and burdened by a plaster cast on his arm, Omar wanders the epic landscapes searching for answers to a complex past and daunting future. 

But while he is stuck there, he isn’t alone. In between brief long-distance conversations with his parents and passing interactions with oddball locals, Omar and his new flatmates attend outrageously misjudged ‘cultural awareness’ classes, binge Friends boxsets, and debate attending the local open mic night, all the while waiting for the delivery of letters that will ultimately determine their future.

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

Another Round

Dir. Thomas Vinterberg | Cert 12A  | 116 mins | Denmark | 2020

Booking:

Release date: 2 July 2021

Winner of the Oscar for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards and winner of the Best Film Not in the English Language at the 74th British Academy Film Awards.

There is an obscure philosophical theory that humans should have been born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood; that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing problems and increasing creativity.

Intrigued, Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on a risky experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday.

Initial results are positive, but as the units are knocked back and stakes are raised, it becomes increasingly clear that some bold acts carry severe consequences.

BFI FAN members that screen Another Round can expect and request:

  • Audio descriptive and captioned versions of the film
  • Marketing pack and assets including programme notes
  • Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
  • Advice from Inclusive Cinema for exhibitors putting on accessible screenings
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads

Sound of Metal

Dir. Darius Marder | Cert 15  | 120 mins | Belgium/USA | 2019

Booking: michaelw@vertigofilms.com

Release date: 17 May 2021

Riz Ahmed is superb in Sound of Metal, the remarkably assured feature debut of American director, screenwriter and editor Darius Marder (co-writer of The Place Beyond the Pines) about a heavy metal drummer (Riz Ahmed) who after losing his hearing, is forced to re-evaluate his place in the world.

Ruben (Riz Ahmed) and Lou (Olivia Cooke) live together, two nomads traveling gig to gig on an endless American tour. Their music is loud, frenzied and passionate, until one day Ruben is overwhelmed by a severe ringing in his ears, which quickly gives way to deafness. Ruben is suddenly overcome by anxiety, depression, and soon enough his past addictions begin to surface. Ruben checks himself into a home for deaf addicts run by an eccentric deaf veteran, Joe. In this world of silence and under Joe’s tough, observant care, Ruben must confront himself more honestly than ever before. But the love and sound of his old life echoes in Ruben’s mind, calling for him to return…

 

Marder uses innovative sound design to create a powerful soundscape of scrapes and muffles that give you a real sense of Ruben’s sonic experience and interior world; including his utter panic as he is jolted into a new, quieter way of being. Injecting visceral, edgy circumstances with great sensitivity, and strengthened by tough-minded performances from Ahmed and Cooke, Sound of Metal is a poignant portrait of a man finding his way to a new revelation.

FAN support for new releases aims to better connect the worlds of exhibition and distribution, and ensure that the best new independent releases find a place in cinemas and connect with audiences across the UK.

What to expect from FAN support:

  • Regional film marketers will be working on film campaigns in every Film Hub region. You can expect increased profile and visibility in your area as well as more in-venue marketing and event opportunities.
  • All venues and festivals can pitch for additional budget for grassroots marketing or event activity.  Get in touch at fannewreleases@watershed.co.uk with your idea.
  • A BFI FAN Marketing Pack will be available for all films. Designed especially for exhibitors the pack contains event and marketing ideas, copy, images, assets, press and e-mail outreach templates to help effectively promote the film.
  • FAN support is going to really focus on how developing younger audiences, aged 16-30, for independent films. You can expect ideas and assets, as well as case studies on what’s worked (and what hasn’t!) to help with your own audience development plans.
  • Booking Now – a new, monthly newsletter delivered to all FAN members. It includes booking opportunities for new releases as well as nationwide seasons (e.g. the BFI Blockbuster) and touring programmes.  Registered Film Hub members will automatically receive this newsletter – if you’re not a member yet, find out more about joining Film Hub South West.
  • Long-term audience development support is available each year for a limited number of venues. Venues have already been selected for this round and we will be opening this support again from April 2019.
  • An open submission process for the new release film titles FAN are supporting each year. Exhibitors and distributors can submit a title to be considered for FAN support at any time. The next selection is for films released from April 2019 onwards and will take place in early February – go to fannewreleases.co.uk and get submitting before then!

If you have a question or would like to find out more, please get in touch at fannewreleases@watershed.co.uk.  

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