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 firstname.lastname@example.org to take up what’s on offer.
Dir. Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz | Cert. TBC | 1hr 33 min | U.S.
Release date: 18 October from Signature Entertainment
The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Dakota Johnson (Suspiria, Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as Zak’s loving, but stubborn, carer.
From writer/director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz the film also stars
Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, Fury), Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraksa), John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and introducing Zack Gottsagen as Zack.
For information on how FAN can support your screening, please contact Timon Singh, Campaigns Manager, Film Hub South West at email@example.com
Dir. Penny Lane | Cert. 15 | 1hr 35 min | U.S.
Release date: 23 August from Dogwoof
Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.
Dir. Jeremiah Zagar | Cert TBC | 1hr 33 min | U.S.
Released 14 June 2019 by Eureka Entertainment
We are proud to announce the first title to receive BFI FAN support for the 2019/2020 season – director Jeremiah Zagar’s We The Animals.
Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.
With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life.
Dir. Alice Rohrwacher | 12A | 2hr 5min | Italy
Released 15 March 2019 by Modern Films
Sweet-natured Lazzaro lives in a village in the beautiful Italian countryside, set apart from the world by a bridge that no one can be bothered to fix. Life unfolds much like it did a century ago, save for the odd Walkman and 1990s-era dance music, until things take a strange and supernatural turn as Lazzaro strikes up a friendship with a rebellious young nobleman.
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.
If you have a question or would like to find out more, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next online members meet up comes in just before cinemas re-open on Monday 17th May. This weeks session will be a catch-up on recent celebrations, concerns, and challenges, as well as a chance to find out more about Film Hub South West funding that is currently available.
We are thrilled to announce that BFI NETWORK Film Funding has reopened for applications for filmmakers based in the South West of England! BFI NETWORK supports, develops, and champions new filmmakers looking to kick-start their career.