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BFI today announces our next highlights for audiences across the UK in 2022. With new creative leadership next year from new Executive Director of Public Programs and Audience Jason Wood and new Executive Director of Knowledge and of the Arike Oke collections, 2022 will be an exciting year for the organization.

Working closely with their teams of film experts, programmers, historians, archivists and curators – and with Neil Williams, our new Executive Director of Technology and Digital Transformation – Jason and Arike will play a a major role in our ambition to transform public access to our programs across the UK through our digital platforms, venues and partnerships.

The 2022 BFI program includes:
New releases, classic titles, curated collections and free archival material on BFI Player, including François Truffaut, New French Extremity and Anime
Film and TV seasons at BFI Southbank including Judy Garland, Mike Hodges, Pam Grier and Reggae
Hybrid in-person and online festivals: BFI Future Film Festival (February 17-20), BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival (March 16-27), BFI & Radio Times Television Festival (May dates TBC) and BFI London Film Festival (dates to be confirmed)
BFI Distribution releases new feature films LA MIF and ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME UK-wide
BFI Blu-ray releases including THE PROPOSITION (also on UHD) and INGMAR BERGMAN VOLUMES 3 & 4
Sight and Sound’s once-a-decade poll to find the greatest film of all time, which will also coincide with the magazine’s 90th anniversary
BFI National Archive is remastering SOUTH (in 2K) and THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT (in 4K), a free new collection of archival films to mark the Platinum Jubilee and tenth anniversary of the BFI Master Film Store
Building on the success of LFF Expanded, a BFI Expanded strand dedicated to immersive art and extended realities (XR) at BFI Southbank, including the world premiere of UNIQUE, from world-renowned artist Tupac Martir in February
UK-wide projects featured with partners such as HORROR (with the BFI Film Audience Network), AUSTRALIA (with the British Council) and BBC Centenary
UK-wide releases of films produced with the support of the BFI Film Fund, awarding funds from the National Lottery, including THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN, ALI & AVA and THE SOUVENIR PART II
· STORYTRAILS, a unique immersive storytelling experience, part of UNBOXED: CREATIVITY IN THE UK

BFI Chief Executive Ben Roberts said: “We are excited about what we have learned over the past two years – about how to reach audiences in new and creative ways; what draws crowds to BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX; how we connect with audiences in venues across the country; and the possibilities of BFI Player. We look forward to Jason, Arike and Neil bringing their shared passion to bring a rich and diverse program to audiences across the UK.

MORE DETAILS ON PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY – APRIL 2022
FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT (BFI Distribution/BFI Player/BFI Southbank/UK-wide – Jan/Feb) – includes BFI Distribution reissues of THE 400 BLOWS and JULES AND JIM in cinemas and BFI Blu-ray releases in late spring
MY FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL (BFI Player – Jan/Feb)
DAVID BOWIE (BFI/BFI Southbank Player – January)
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: EXPLORATION AND ENDURANCE ON FILM (BFI Distribution/BFI Southbank/UK-wide/BFI Blu-ray – Jan/Feb) – includes BFI Distribution’s reissue of the BFI National Archive 2K remaster of SOUTH
· New films produced with support from the BFI Film Fund, awarding National Lottery funds, in UK cinemas including: THE SOUVENIR PART II (Joanna Hogg, 2021) on February 4, THE REAL CHARLIE CHAPLIN (Peter Middleton, James Spinney, 2021) on February 18, ALI & AVA (Clio Barnard, 2021) on March 4, TRUE THINGS (Harry Wootliff, 2021) on March 11, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN (Craig Roberts, 2021) on April 15 and THE FEAST (Lee Haven Jones, 2021) on April 29
BFI FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL (BFI Player/BFI Southbank/Hybrid Online Events – February 17-20)
LA MIF (Fred Baillif, 2021) – BFI Distribution release in UK cinemas (February 25)
BFI EXPANDED World Premiere of UNIQUE (BFI Southbank – February 25) – new XR artwork by world renowned artist Tupac Martir
ASTA NIELSEN (BFI Southbank – February/March)
THE CAMERA IS OURS (BFI Player/BFI Southbank/BFI DVD – March) – a celebration of British female documentary filmmakers, featuring historic films digitally preserved and restored by the BFI National Archives
BFI FLARE: LONDON LGBTQIA+ FILM FESTIVAL (BFI Player/BFI Southbank/UK – March 16-27)
KINOTEKA POLISH FILM FESTIVAL (BFI Player – March/April)
LIV ULLMANN (BFI Distribution/BFI Player/BFI Southbank – April) – includes a BFI Distribution 50th anniversary reissue of CRIES AND WHISPERS and a BFI Blu-ray release of FAITHLESS
ANIME (BFI/BFI Southbank Player – April/May)
NIGEL KNEALE (BFI Player/BFI Southbank/BFI Blu-ray and DVD – April) – includes a 1984 BFI Blu-ray/DVD release

MAY – AUGUST 2022
ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME (Andrew Gaynord, 2021) – BFI Distribution release in UK cinemas (late Spring, date TBC)
NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY (BFI Player/BFI Southbank – May) and, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, a side season dedicated to GASPER NOÉ (BFI Southbank – May)
JUDY GARLAND (BFI Southbank – May)
MIKE HODGES (BFI Southbank – May)
BFI & RADIO TIMES TELEVISION FESTIVAL (BFI Southbank – May)
WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA TOP (BFI/BFI Southbank Player – June)
PLATINUM JUBILEE (BFI Player – June) – a new free collection of archival films to mark the platinum jubilee drawn from the BFI National Archives and the UK Regional and National Archives
STORYTRAILS, a unique immersive storytelling experience, part of UNBOXED: CREATIVITY IN THE UK, a UK-wide celebration of creativity (UK-wide – launching July)
IN THE FANTASTIC DARK (BFI Southbank – July)
GLENDA JACKSON (BFI Southbank – July)
SATYAJIT RAY (BFI Distribution/BFI Southbank – July/August)
INGMAR BERGMAN: VOLUME 3 (1960-1969) (BFI Blu-ray box set – August)
REGGAE (BFI Southbank – August)
SOUL FEST (BFI/BFI Southbank player – date to be confirmed)

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2022
SIGHT AND SOUND’S GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME POLL – poll results announced in fall, along with BFI Player and BFI Southbank seasons – exact dates to be announced
AUSTRALIA (BFI Player/BFI Southbank – September/October) programmed in partnership with ACMI as part of the British Council’s UK/Australia Year of Culture
BBC 100 (BFI Southbank – October/November)
40 YEARS OF CANAL 4 (BFI Southbank – September/October)
PAM GRIER (BFI Southbank – Sept/Oct) – in partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas
ABBAS KIAROSTAMI (BFI Southbank – September/October)
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (London and UK venues/BFI Player – October dates to come)
HORROR (BFI Player/BFI Southbank/UK wide – October/November/December) – big hit 3 month season online and in UK cinemas
PETER GREENAWAY (BFI Distribution/BFI Player/BFI Southbank/BFI Blu-ray/UK-wide – October/November) – includes a BFI Distribution 40th anniversary reissue of the BFI National Archive 4K remaster of THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT in UK cinemas -wide and on BFI Blu-ray
BLACK HISTORY MONTH (BFI Player/BFI Southbank/BFI Blu-ray – October)
INGMAR BERGMAN: VOLUME 4 (1972-1984) (BFI Blu-ray box set – November)

The BFI is the UK’s leading organization for film, television and the moving image, a unique cultural charity which supports the work of filmmakers across the UK and around the world and champions independent cinema.

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