In 2020 BFI celebrate the cinema of Japan, with a comprehensive programme of films online via BFI Player and select screenings and events.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on UK cinemas, plans to extend this season with National activity are under review and we will not be holding any funding calls until further notice.

This page will be updated with more information later in the year.

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Funeral parade of Roses, Toshi Matsumoto, 1969

Programming Resources and Information

BFI releases and reissues.  BFI distribution will issue at least 2 releases as part of the season - although theatrical activity is now undated due to the impact of the pandemic on venue closures ad the release schedule.  Contact bFI directly to find out more about planned dates and terms.

BFI Player Collection From May 2020 BFI Play will host several collections of Japanese cinema available to rent or access via subscription.

Japan Foundation.  Japan Foundation will be operating their touring programme in February/March 2020.  This tour is not supported by Major Programmes but you may wish to consider using it as a prelude to further activity in your venue.

Contact us

To find out more about Major Programmes support for UK-wide seasons email or call 0115 850 7851.

Our office hours are 0900 - 1700 Monday to Friday