An event on Sunday in Tokyo for the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- anime film announced that Kyoto Animation's Free! franchise is getting two anime compilation films as well as an all-new theatrical anime project. The Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna (Bonds) compilation film will open on April 22, and the Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku (Promise) compilation film will open on July 1. Both films also include new footage.

Kyoto Animation had announced in August that the franchise was getting a new "screen" project, but didn't reveal the medium for the project at the time.

Kyoto Animation's first Free! anime about the Iwatobi High School Swim Club premiered in July 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. Discotek released the first season on DVD with English subtitles in North America in May 2015. Crunchyroll streamed an English dub of the first season in December 2015, and the company plans to release the season with Funimation on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD in May.

Style Five is singing the first compilation film's theme song "Rising Free."

The Free! -Take Your Marks- theatrical anime project is a sequel to Free! Timeless Medley, and it will screen in theaters in Japan this fall. The theatrical anime will take place in early spring as Haruka is about to graduate from high school.