Cunard Signs Three-Year BFI Partnership For Queen Anne


Cunard and the British Film Institute (BFI) have formed an exclusive new partnership that will excite film enthusiasts prior to the introduction of Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne.

The luxury cruise line has announced a three-year partnership with the UK’s premier film, television, and moving image organization. A curated program of short films and adored blockbusters will be shown exclusively on The Pavilion’s outdoor screen aboard the Queen Anne.

The Pavilion is an idyllic open-air oasis on the top deck of Cunard’s newest ship, and in this romantic outdoor space, the BFI will exhibit ten films per month on a cinematic LED screen. These films will also be shown in the staterooms of the passengers.

The Pavilion is a multipurpose space that features a retractable glass dome roof in sunnier climates. It is the ideal place to get lost in a book or take a dip in the pool during the day, and to meet new acquaintances over a glass of wine in the evening, as it was inspired by beautiful glasshouses.

The space has been designed by David Collins Studio, with its sophisticated aesthetic likened to a ship sailing through serene waters as guests breeze from one instant to the next. The glass dome’s gentle curve incorporates all of the space’s experiences and opens to the outside.

The renowned architect Martin Francis, who assisted in the engineering of the iconic Louvre Pyramid in Paris, oversaw the redesign of the glass dome, which will now feature a refined arched steel frame to maximize height and light in the space as it extends up and rearward to create the new Wellness Studio.

Queen Anne’s broader design concepts are based on heritage, craftsmanship, style, storytelling, and innovation, and the 113,000-ton, 3,000-passenger ship, which encompasses 14 decks, will offer guests a variety of breathtaking experiences, as well as more options than ever before for entertainment, dining, and bars.

Partnership with BFI

In addition to the partnership with The Pavilion on Queen Anne, Cunard will be a major sponsor of the 67th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express. The festival will run from October 4-15, 2023, as well as in nine UK partner cinemas, and will be held in venues across London.

On October 11, the Cunard Gala will support the European premiere of The Holdovers at the BFI London Film Festival’s Royal Festival Hall, in association with Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The Holdovers is a new American comedy-drama from the acclaimed director Alexander Payne.

Katie McAlister, president of Cunard, exclaimed, “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the British Film Institute, with our shared dedication to providing immersive experiences aligning perfectly. We’re hugely proud of our long-standing affiliation with the silver screen, with some of Hollywood’s biggest names having sailed in style with Cunard – from Charlie Chaplin to Meryl Streep. As the first cruise line to host an on board film premiere with the launch of The Greatest Showman on Queen Mary 2 in 2017, we are incredibly passionate about the power of timeless storytelling. We have dedicated spaces for film enthusiasts across the fleet, and our new ship Queen Anne will boast even more big screen experiences for guests. Together with the BFI, we’ll strive to create unparalleled and unforgettable moments for film lovers.”

Francesca Vinti, BFI Executive Director of Fundraising and Enterprise, added, “We are thrilled to be working alongside Cunard on this partnership and are incredibly thankful for their support of the BFI and the BFI London Film Festival. We are excited to be able to reach audiences in new inventive ways with amazing films and look forward to collaborating with Cunard over the next three years.”

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