Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger

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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 London as part of BFI Film Audience Network to access support from this programme.

Find out more about joining Film Hub London

Look at the Creative Brief for more information about the programme scope and to get some inspiration.

A list of suggestions for a contextual programme provided by the BFI (this list is being added to)

Amounts you can apply for:

  • MENU: Access up to £500 (£125 per film)
  • BESPOKE: Apply for up to £15,000 (average awards likely to be circa £5,000)
  • CROSS-FAN: Apply for up to £15,000 For more information, download the Guidelines.

New applications for this programme have now closed

Period of activity:

The bulk of the season takes place this Autumn (16 Oct – 31 Dec 2023) at BFI Southbank and across FAN.

Note that screening licences for successful menu applications remain available to book, for screenings taking place until the end of Feb 2024. Please see guidelines above for details.

Key dates:

Deadline for Menu applications: 16 October 2023