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BFI Major Programmes: Japan

BFI Major Programmes 2020: Japan

The BFI's blockbuster season for 2020 will celebrate the cinema of Japan.

From May to September 2020 UK audiences will be able to discover this country's rich cinema history, new voices and technical innovation at BFI Southbank and cinemas across the UK, online on BFI Player and with a wide range of UK partners.

BFI's Japan 2020 season runs from May to September 2020.

How to get involved
There are lots of ways to get involved with the season, from booking touring titles via the ICO, re-releases from BFI, commissioned special events that will tour across the network and funding support for your own projects. If you have any questions, Annabel Grundy at Film Hub Midlands is the FAN Major Programmes Lead: to talk to her about a project idea, email blockbuster@filmhubmidlands.org or call 0115 850 7851.


Funding Available

  1. Project support for venue-based and regional project proposals up to £12,000.  Project Pitches are open NOW and will close on 6 March 2020 
  2. Screening Engagement (up to £2,000) to help with smaller scale projects, or enhancements to venue-based programmes. (This fund will open for applications in Spring 2020)
Read the Funding Guidelines here
Find out more and Download a Budget Template here


Need some inspiration? 

Japan has one of the richest, genre-spanning cinema histories in the world, from Ghibli to Kurosawa, the hallucinogenic horror of Hausu to the beautiful everyday of Ozu. If you'd like to get involved in the Japan season, these BFI lists are a good place to start your research! If you need help locating the distributor of a film, e-mail us and we'll do our best to help. 

BFI: 10 great Japanese films of the 21st Century
BFI: 10 great Japanese films of the 1990s
BFI: Akira Kurosawa: 10 Essential Films
BFI: Tears and laughter: 10 female stars of Golden Age Japanese cinema
BFI: 10 Great Japanese Gangster Movies
BFI: 10 Great Anime Films
BFI Player Collection: Japanese Classics
Guardian: Top 20 J-Horror Films

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