Put your purse away! Find free film screenings for the whole family

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Games & Movies

Last updated: 31 January 2020, 04:28 GMT

There is much more to cinema than the latest blockbuster at your nearest commercial cinema chain. Not only can you avoid the extortionate popcorn prices, you get to see films that would otherwise have passed you by. Here is your guide on how to watch free film screenings!


Behind the acronym is an incredible useful and active community of film enthusiasts who will help you grab some freebie seats. Free Movies UK have a listings site and forum where you can see which film distributors are looking for audience members to come along to a cinema near you without needing to pay a penny.

When you get a place at a free screening, you will be sent a code to print. Take that along to your screening and you will be admitted for free. It’s as simple as that! Why wouldn’t you sign up?

Get involved today and see where FMUK takes you (for free).  

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Prime Video

You don’t have to have a big trip out to enjoy a free family film night. Prime from Amazon can give you access to an incredible range of films from classics to the latest releases. The best bit? You can watch as many films as you like for 30 days without spending a penny.

Prime Video has a very good welcome offer that is made up of 30 days free access with no restrictions. Unlike some other free trials, Prime is also very easy to cancel. Just make sure you do it before your 30 days are up so that you don’t get billed. The monthly payment to keep the service are £7.99 and that includes lots of other Amazon benefits too.

You have 30 days to decide whether it is something you want to continue with. In the meantime, you can have a film marathon that will please the whole family from the comfort of your own home and free of charge.

Claim your free 30 day trial here.


BFI Freebies

The British Film Institute is, arguably, the home of UK cinematography. BFI take this responsibility very seriously and do a lot for the whole creative community. Located on the Southbank, there are amazing views across London from their many floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. However, there are more reasons to visit besides the view and architecture!  

BFI open up an extensive catalogue of films that will interest young and old alike. Whether you fancy watching a Dickens’ classic, a children’s animation or a feature-length documentary, the catalogue has something for everyone!

You can get a flavour of what you can expect when you arrive by visiting their page dedicated to BFI Free Films For Families (lots of f’s!). Find out more here.

 Head for their Mediatheque between 12:00 - 20:00 on Tuesday - Sundays to pick your film and immerse yourself in something different from the norm. Did we mention that it is free?!