Programming highlights for 2017-2018

A round-up of national offers and opportunities to ignite your screening programme.

Includes India on Film, Into Film Festival, Cinema Rediscovered, Anim18 and more.


BAFTA Debuts: book now until end of August

As part of BAFTA’s 70th anniversary celebrations, here’s a chance to revisit a selection of films which celebrate the work of British directors who have won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

Book these films exclusively on discounted terms from now until end of August, with some films available for the first time on DCP and others available to screen from 35mm prints.

​Seven titles available:

  • Hunger
  • ​Moon
  • ​Pride and Prejudice
  • Ratcatcher
  • Red Road
  • The Warrior
  • A Way of Life

Want to book? Email

​Other optional extras available include exclusive interviews with three of the directors from the tour, Joe Wright, Amma Asanta and Asif Kapadia, that can show before the respective feature.

India on Film August – November 2017

Throughout 2017, BFI is celebrating the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India, from Bollywood to Tollywood (home of Telugu and Bengali cinema).

You can download a list of films [Word doc] , which are now available to book, to mark the 70th anniversary year of Indian independence.

An official menu of 10 films will be available from the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) with additional support available for regional marketing, introductions and Q&As. The menu will be announced soon, and available to book from August to November.

The India on Film logo, trailer and artwork is available for venues running a season, and will all be available via the ICO website once the tour is announced.
For booking enquiries from July, email

One of the featured films is Hotel Salvation, released 25 August 2017:

2016 | 99 mins | DCP | Hindi with English subtitles | 12A

In this gentle charmer, a 77-year-old father decides to end his days in the holy city of Varanasi and attain salvation, with his son accompanying him. Their journey is depicted with humour and pathos. The film won the UNESCO award at Venice Film Festival and the Critics Award at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, and showcases bravura performances from renowned actors Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Lalit Behl (Titli) and Geetanjali Kulkarni (Court).

  • “An arthouse take on the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily.
  • Debut film of 25 year old Shubhashish Bhutiani – one of an exciting new wave of young Indian filmmakers.
  • Campaign targeting UK independent film audience and fans of crossover hits such as The Lunchbox.

To book, please email or phone 020 7957 8938.

LGBT50 Season

Mosaic of LGBT film stillsThe BFI is marking 50 years since a major landmark in human rights – the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales – with the LGBT50 season of films.

Download a list of LGBT film and TV titles [PDF]  being screened as part of LGBT50,  available to book.

Britain on Film on Tour

Fascinated by those archive snippets of local hotspots that appear every now and then on your social media news feeds? Chances are your cinema audiences are too. Book the rarely seen archive films contained the six specially-curated film programmes of the Britain on Film on Tour series:

  • Railways
  • Rural Life
  • Coast and Sea
  • LGBT Britain
  • Black Britain on Film
  • South Asian Britain on Film (available in September)

The film packages are available from the ICO at special rates for community groups, starting from as little as £20, with programme notes and free speakers.

Email Jemma Buckley to check availability, to discuss locations featured in the footage, and to book.



Cinema Rediscovered tour August – September 2017

Cinema Rediscovered returns to Bristol from 27-30 July, bringing the finest digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back where they belong on the big screen.

Highlights include:

  • a 40th anniversary screening of ​Network introduced by Samira Ahmed
  • the English Premiere of Mark Kidel’s new documentary Becoming Cary Grant​
  • Italy’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival highlights including Bill Morrison’s ​Dawson City – Frozen Time​ and the newly restored music festival classic Monterey Pop​.

Select titles from the Cinema Rediscovered programme are available for venues to book during August and September 2017.

Cinemas taking part in the Cinema Rediscovered tour can avail of:

  • Support towards either social media advertising or a special event (e.g. guest speaker)
  • Assets (copy, images, trailers, bespoke CR content – via ​dropbox​ )
  • Benefit from the festival’s national PR campaign (Sarah Harvey PR) and MUBI cross promotion
  • 1 x free Cinema Rediscovered Festival pass.

Visit the Watershed website for more information.


BFI Thriller October – December 2017

A season of conspiracy and intrigue from BFI which asks Who Can You Trust?

A menu of 10 films will be available from the ICO with a budget available to support regional marketing, introductions and Q&As. It is aiming to announce the menu in July/August for booking from end of October until the end of December.

For booking enquiries from August, email

BFI’s teaser campaign will kick off in August, with the main campaign launching proper in late September. Plans are still in progress, and a trailer, artwork and logo assets will be available for all to use.

To coincide with Thriller, from the end of November – beginning of January, HOME Manchester will be touring ​Danger, Deception and Deceit: The European Political Thriller in the 1970s. ​More information available from HOME soon.

Into Film Festival 8-24 November 2017

With thousands of free screenings and workshops, Q&A sessions, and educational resources to accompany the programme, the Into Film Festival is the largest youth-focused film festival in the UK.

Boasting everything from specialist films to exclusive previews of upcoming blockbusters – as well as inclusive special educational needs (SEN) and autism-friendly screenings – the Into Film Festival offers something for everyone​.

Festival strands include:

  • Activate​ exploring how people make change happen both locally and globally through titles like​ An Inconvenient Truth Sequel ​and ​Hidden Figures​;
  • Let’s Play!​ With titles for primary age children like​ Lego Batman​, ​Trolls ​ and ​Zip and Zap​; ​
  • No Borders No Boundaries​ that explores issues of immigration and world culture, including ​Arrival ​and ​The Eagle Huntress; and
  • Thriller​, which will link in with the nationwide BFI season and feature titles selected by young programming groups from across the UK.

More info: ​


Anim18 January – December 2018

After the success of 2016’s ​Roald Dahl on Film​ season, ​Film Hub Wales​ and ​Chapter are excited to develop a new season taking place in 2018 that will showcase the past, present and future of British animation:

  • Celebrating British animation new releases
  • Bringing some of the best animated films back to the forefront
  • Showcasing burgeoning talent in the British animation industry
  • Tracing British stories in UK and international animation

More info: