In 2020 BFI celebrated 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, the season was postponed.

We are now pleased to announce Japan 2021, a nationwide expanded season welcoming applications for programmes and events celebrating Japanese cinema.

The call for applications is now closed.


We are offering funding up to £5,000 for organisations to present screenings and engagement activity as part of the season. Smaller awards of up to £500 will be awarded to support costs for one-off screenings and booking fees.

Total amount available:

£ 80,000 - of which £10,000 will be allocated to one-off screenings costs/booking fees.

Financial support:

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) of up to £5000 for venue-based and regional/national projects proposals
  • Screening support of up to £500 for booking fees and one-off event costs

To find out more about funding conditions and eligibility, read the funding guidance below

Please note: we will only be awarding venues and organisations that have not yet received funding for the Japan season.

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Funeral parade of Roses, Toshi Matsumoto, 1969


Major Programmes support is open to all FAN members who want to take part in the season, via tiered funding programmes.

Activity window:  1 October 2021 - 31 December 2021.

Applications open: Wednesday 21 July 2021

Applications close (EOI only): Monday 23 August 2021.

Financial support confirmed from: Monday 6 September 2021.

Applications close (Screening Support only): 

Round 1 deadline: Monday 6 September for a decision the w/c 10 September.

➣ Round 2 deadline: Monday 4 October, for a decision the w/c 11 October.

➣ Round 3 deadline: Monday 8 November, for a decision the w/c 14 November.



Please note: upon submitting your application you will need to send us your budget, using the budget template below, at

Without the budget, we will not be able to consider your application.

Programming Resources,  Information & Research Materials

Available titles

This is a non exhaustive list of titles available to book for theatrical and non theatrical via BFI (Japan 2021 BFI Tour), Arrow Films & Park Circus. Main contacts for those titles are listed in the document. For any other titles you intend to programme, please get in touch with the distributors to secure licensing rights.

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


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