About BNF

Beyond Normal Films (BNF) was formed in October 1996 and disbanded in December 2017. The organization was a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission was to provide cultural and educational activities in support of the cinema arts in Bloomington-Normal and Central Illinois, and to research and recommend to the Normal Theater unique foreign, American independent, and documentary films of artistic quality.  BNF activities include:

Two annual BNF Farlee Film Festivals: 2-week showcases of BNF-recommended foreign, American independent, and documentary films in the spring and fall of each year. 

• Four members-only free Cinema Sessions films: one each quarter.

• Annual members-only BNF meeting each fall with prizes, refreshments, social networking, and a free film showing.

• Grant support for special film events in the Bloomington-Normal community through the BNF Cinema Arts Project.

• Opportunities during the year for members to offer their input on films to recommend to the Normal Theatre through BNF online polling. 

• Email notices and mailings promoting movies and events at the Normal Theater that are recommended to the BNF membership and aligned with our mission.

• The BNF website with the latest information on BNF-recommended films at the Normal Theater, events supported by the BNF Cinema Arts Project, and other film resources and historic materials of the organization (beyondnormalfilms.org).

The Board of Beyond Normal Films, November 2017

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