“It’s Heaven, isn’t it?” A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

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

You must be a member of Film Hub Midlands as part of BFI Film Audience Network to access support from this programme.

Find out more about joining Film Hub Midlands.

Look at the Creative Brief for more information about the programme scope and to get some inspiration.
Amounts you can apply for:

MENU: Access up to £500 (£125 per film)
BESPOKE: Access  up to £15,000
CROSS-FAN: Access  up to £15,000

For more information, download the Guidelines.

Unfortunately, the application process cannot be saved mid-progress, so we have provided Word templates for you to plan your application.

• Word version of MENU application
• Word version of BESPOKE and CROSS-FAN application
• Budget template


Cinema Unbound runs from Monday 16 October – Sunday 31 December 2023. Titles on the Film Menu will be available to book beyond the main season dates until the end of February 2024.

Key dates:

● Deadline for Bespoke and Cross FAN Proposals is Friday 30 June 5pm (BST)

● The deadline for Film Menu applications is Monday 16 October 2023.

● Period of Activity: Mon 16 Oct – 31 Dec 2023 (except for the Film Menu which can be booked until 29 Feb 2024.)

If you have any questions please contact the team at