BFI FAN New Releases

Support for select titles from across the globe that deserve to be seen on the big screen.

Get support for new film releases.

Each year BFI FAN supports around 5 new films, to help ensure important independent releases find a place in cinema. Find information about these film tiles here, how to book them for your venue and what support is available or Download the PDF.

Peanut Butter Falcon

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 a 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.

Released: October 26 2018 by Signature Entertainment
Director: Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz
Cert: PG 13
Length: 93mins
Country: USA

Utøya – July 22 

On 22 July 2011 more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island. In this first fictional movie about the attack we follow Kaja as she tries to survive – minute by minute.

Released: October 26 2018 by Modern Films
Director: Erik Poppe
Cert: 15
Length: 1hr 32mins
Country: Norway

“A gut-wrenching ordeal … a brutal single-take drama from the victims’ perspective…like a YA post-apocalyptic dystopia, with Kaja a real-life Katniss Everdeen … an absorbing and moving tribute to the courage of the young victims of Utøya.”


Somewhere in Tokyo, Osamu Shibata and his wife Nobuyo live in poverty. While Osamu receives occasional employment and Nobuyo has a low-paying job, the family relies in large part on the grandmother’s pension. As he is shoplifting for groceries with his son, Shota, they discover Yuri, a homeless girl. Osamu takes her home, where the family observes evidence of abuse. Despite their strained finances, they informally adopt her.

Released: November 23 2018 by Thunderbird
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cert: 15
Length: 2hr 1min
Country: Japan

“Equal parts incisive social critique and nuanced family portrait, the latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda — winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes — follows a small band of marginalized misfits struggling to make ends meet in a merciless urban environment.” – Toronto International Film Festival


In this thrilling adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong returns with a gripping psychological thriller about obsessive love set in modern consumerist Korea.

Released: February 1, 2019 by Thunderbird
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Cert: 15
Length: 2hr 28min
Country: South Korea

Happy as Lazzaro

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.

Released: April 5, 2019 by Modern Films
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cert: PG 13
Length: 2hr 5min
Country: Italy

“Rohrwacher concocts a trippy brew of Italian class struggle, folk tales, biblical allegory, pop culture references and a rich vein in cinema history.” – BFI London Film Festival


  • Access to a small campaign budget for grassroots marketing or event activity  e.g. social media advertising or a special event,
  • An extended press and marketing campaign coordinated by regional marketers in each Film Hub area to raise visibility and attendance,
  • A BFI FAN Marketing Pack designed especially for exhibitors and containing event and marketing ideas, copy, images, assets, press and e-mail outreach templates to help effectively promote the film.

If you’re interested in support for any of the titles, or if you have any questions, please email: or visit

An open submission process for 5 new release film titles supported each year. Exhibitors and distributors can submit a title to be considered for FAN support at any time.

Go to and get submitting!

A new, monthly newsletter delivered to all FAN members (launching Summer 2018). 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 Wales.

Longer-term audience development support is available for selected FAN venues each year. Further information is available in the downloadable PDF here and you can apply here. This support includes:

  • An audience development workshop – get expert help to create a plan that works for your venue, aimed at developing 16-30 audiences for new releases,
  • Help implementing your plan from a local marketing consultant,
  • Access to the regional campaign budget for additional marketing or event activity for each of the FAN-supported titles.

If you have any questions, please email, or visit

Applications are closed for 18/19. The Magic Lantern in Tywyn were selected for this year’s programme.