With cinemas closed, and continued self-isolation, now more than ever we need ways to escape with some new and classic cinema.
As we are all impacted by these uncertain times in different ways, we’ve put together a list of sites where you can watch films, for free.
The BFI’s streaming service offers a diverse and unique selection of films, from documentaries through to world cinema, featured in a variety of collections including animation, archive films and musicals.
The streaming service from Film4 / Channel 4 features a great range of films available for a limited time.
Currently showing is the Oscar-nominated animated tale My Life as a Courgette – written by Celine Sciamma, director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire – as well as the standout indie sci-fi thriller Prospect.
MUBI are offering cinema-goers a 3 month trial subscription, for free.
MUBI picks a new film for you to watch each day – with 30 films at a time each made available for 30 days – keeping its selection fresh, much like cinema releases.
After your free MUBI trial ends, you will be automatically charged to continue the service – but you can cancel anytime before this through MUBI’s website.
Currently showing is the critically-acclaimed Portrait of a Lady on Fire, director Jim Jarmusch’s anthology of comic vignettes Coffee and Cigarettes, the Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams heartbreaking relationship drama Blue Valentine, and the previous Sheffield Doc/Fest selection Bruce Lee & The Outlaw.
WE ARE ONE: A Global Film Festival
May 29th – June 7th, 2020
Discover and watch films during this first ever 10-day global film festival co-curated by over 20 film festivals from across the world.
All funds raised during the festival will benefit COVID-19 relief funds.
The festival will feature programming curated by the Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival , the Venice Film Festival and many more around the world.
Subscribe to the YouTube channel for the latest information on film, talks and schedule.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, are giving audiences the chance to access over 300 documentaries on their website, for free.
A huge selection, which includes the project from TIME Magazine exploring the images that have shaped our world – 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time, amongst many, many others, there is enough here to explore for some time…
Manchester’s long-established horror film festival GrimmFest has launched its own streaming service.
See a curated selection of genre short and feature films.
Oats Studios – YouTube
Oats Studios, created by Oscar-nominated film director Neill Blomkamp (District 9), have produced a series of short sci-fi films – including the standout short feature Rakka, starring Alien‘s Sigourney Weaver – all available to watch for free via their YouTube channel.
Stay Home, Watch Together
#StayHomeWatchTogether is an initiative from a group of producers and distributors, focusing on powerful films about collective action.
The programme is open to viewers across the globe with a schedule of daily screenings and online activities, such as Q&As and panel discussions with film directors and producers.