Cinema Unbound Funding: Powell and Pressburger

Cinema Unbound Funding: 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.

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


Amounts you can apply for:

  • Menu: Access up to £500 (£125 per film)
  • Bespoke: Apply for up to £15,000 (average awards likely to be circa £5,000)
  • Cross-FAN (programmes that cover multiple BFI FAN regions): Apply for up to £15,000

Please note that the online application process cannot be saved mid-progress, so we have provided Word templates of the application forms for you to plan your application:

Click here to submit your application online.

You must be a member of Film Hub Wales to access support from this programme. If you are not a member, you can sign-up here.

If you have any queries about how to submit your application, please email



Period of activity:

  • The bulk of the season takes place this Autumn (16 October – 31 December 2023) at BFI Southbank and across FAN.
  • Note that the Menu titles (A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus, I Know Where I’m Going! and The Red Shoes) will be available to screen until the 29 February 2024.

Key dates:

  • Cinema Unbound Sprint (a meeting of curators, experts and partners) on Thursday 1 June 2023 at Watershed in Bristol. Update: You can now watch a recording of the morning session on the BFI FAN YouTube channel.
  • Deadline for Bespoke, Cross-FAN Proposals (and Menu Expressions of Interest to be included in initial listings announcement) – Friday 30 June 2023 5pm (BST).
  • Decisions made: Monday 24 July 2023
  • After the deadline, the call for Menu applications will be kept open on a rolling basis until Monday 16 October 2023.
  • BFI Full Programme announcement: early September 2023.

Organisation: Chapter
An in-depth programme about the Welsh connection and themes of Spirituality, Sex and Obsession in the work of Powell and Pressburger. Opening with a reintroduction to Barry-born actor Roger Livesey; we discuss Peeping Tom’s impact on the evolution of the horror genre; the influence of Christianity, particularly the concepts of eternal life and sacrifice, as well as the spectre of temptation and sex; finishing with the corrosion caused by obsession. The season will be the only chance for audiences to see the films in Wales on 35mm and will open up, contextualise and reframe the work for a younger audience.