Join us in September at a new conference for BFI FAN members

Cinemas and film exhibitors from across the UK will gather to strengthen their professional networks, learn about some of the most exciting FAN projects, and draw inspiration on new ways to reach and engage audiences in a diverse screen culture.


The first BFI FAN CON will take place in Belfast at Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), offering a brilliant chance for FAN members to get together and explore this exciting, welcoming city with its many cinematic landmarks.


The conference will open with a preview screening on Wednesday, 11 September and be followed by two days of sessions and workshops across Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, there will be a conference dinner in the Great Hall of QUB, and on Friday evening, there will be the opportunity to join a specially curated cinematic walking tour of Belfast.


BFI FAN CON is for all types of FAN exhibitors, from small community cinemas and touring collectives right up to large multi-screen independent cinemas and landmark film festivals. The event is for anyone working or volunteering in any film exhibition role at a FAN member organisation and at any level of their careers. If you’re passionate about your work in film exhibition, we hope you’ll join us at BFI FAN CON!

A limited number of Early Bird Tickets are available now. Find out more and book your ticket at The Bigger Picture

Inspired to attend BFI FAN CON?  You can find all you need to know about applying for a bursary to help get you there on our bursaries page here

BFI FAN CON is looking for people to suggest & develop session ideas for BFI FAN CON 2024

We want to hear from FAN Members and others who want to suggest and develop session ideas for BFI FAN CON 2024. Possible formats are panel discussions, case studies, discussion groups, workshops and more, but we’re open to hearing about whatever format you have in mind.

A few areas your session could cover:

  • Speak about the way you successfully initiated and delivered a project funded by the BFI Film Audience Network
  • Speak about a distinctive aspect of your organisation’s work that you feel could inspire the wider membership of the BFI Film Audience Network
  • Speak about effective ways you think member organisations could meet the objectives of the BFI Film Audience Network.

This is a paid opportunity for the selected submissions. Full info can be found at The Bigger Picture.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 3 Juneat 5PM