BFI Announces Anime Season this April and May at BFI Southbank in London

Those looking to experience anime on the big screen while be excited to learn that the BFI have announced a two month long anime season with all films showing at the BFI Southbank in London from April to May 2022.

This particular Anime Season at the BFI Southbank is being split into several different themes, such as Previews and Special Events, Emerging Female Voices,Anime at BFI IMAX, Contemporary Anime Auters and Anime Classics, with each theme focusing on a certain aspect of the film. For instance as part of Previews and Special events fans will be able to experience the film Summer Ghost and Bubble, while Anime at BFI IMAX will see films such as BELLE and YOUR NAME presented on the IMAX screen.

There is a lot to experience over the two month period, as outlined in the lists below:

The History of Anime:

  • Early Days of Anime Shorts (1917 – 1946)
  • Momotaro’s Divine Sea
  • Astroboy
  • Kimba the White Lion
  • Belladonna of Sadness

Emerging Female Voices:

  • Liz and the Blue Bird
  • A Silent Voice
  • The Anthem of the Heart
  • Maquia: When the Promised Flower bLooms

Anime Auters:

  • Perfect Blue
  • Millennium Actress
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Paprika
  • The Place Promised in our Early Days
  • 5 Centimeters Per Second
  • The Garden of Words
  • Your Name
  • Summer Wars
  • Weathing With You
  • Wolf Children

Anime Classics:

  • Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise
  • Patlabor: The Movie
  • Patlabor 2: The Movie
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
  • Steamboy
  • The Case of Hana & Alice
  • Full Metal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa

Anime at the IMAX:

  • Akira
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Millennium Actress
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
  • Your Name
  • Weathering With You

Studio Ghibli:

  • My Neighbour Totoro
  • Spirited Away
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • When Marnie Was There
  • The Little Norse Prince
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro


  • Summer Ghost
  • Bubble
  • Inu-Oh

Most of the films will only be shown once during the season, but some may have additional screening dates. Further details, and pre-booking tickets, can be found on the official BFI Website.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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