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Cunard Announces Three-Year Partnership with British Film Institute for Queen Anne

Cunard Announces Three-Year Partnership with British Film Institute for Queen Anne

Cunard will collaborate with the British Film Institute ahead of the introduction of the brand’s newest ship, Queen Anne.

Luxury cruise line Cunard has established a three-year partnership with the British Film Institute, the UK’s leading film and television organization. A handpicked program of short films and beloved blockbusters will be screened exclusively on the outside screen in The Pavilion aboard the new Queen Anne as part of the collaboration.

The Pavilion on Queen Anne will feature a cinematic LED screen

The Pavilion will be an open-air relaxation space on the top deck of Cunard’s newest ship, and the BFI will showcase 10 films on its cinematic LED screen each month. These specially chosen films will also be available in guest staterooms.

The British Film Institute will showcase ten specially selected films each month in The Pavilion on Queen Anne (artist rendering courtesy of Cunard)

The multi-purpose Pavilion will feature a uniquely constructed glass dome roof that retracts in warmer temperatures. The cruise line promises it will be the ideal setting for getting lost in a book, swimming in the pool during the day, and meeting new friends over a glass of wine in the evening.

In addition to The Pavilion, Cunard boasts that the 113,000-ton, 3,000-guest Queen Anne—which spans 14 decks—will give guests more entertainment, dining, and bar options than ever before.

Related: Cunard Previews New Dining Venues Aboard Queen Anne

Queen Anne is scheduled to debut in May 2024.

Cunard’s partnership with the British Film Institute

Along with the partnership aboard Queen Anne, Cunard will also be a main sponsor of the 67th BFI London Film Festival, in association with American Express, from October 4-15, 2023, as well as in 2024 and 2025.

“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,” said Francesca Vinti, BFI’s Executive Director of Fundraising and Enterprise.

On October 11, the Cunard Gala will celebrate the European premiere of The Holdovers at the BFI London Film Festival at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in partnership with Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The Holdovers is a new American comedy-drama directed by Alexander Payne.

Related: Theatre Producer David Pugh Will Bring West End to Queen Anne

“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,” said Cunard president Katie McAlister.

“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,” McAlister continued in a press release.

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Carrie Ann Karstunen