Over the last 60 years the BFI has assembled the world’s leading collection of moving image materials. Our extensive and ever-growing archive chronicles over a century of life in the UK and around the world, including footage unseen for decades.
Researching Archival Material
Important information about the COI film library
I am personally committed to making sure that we trade fairly in information relating to the Central Office of Information (COI) film library. To show the strength of my commitment I have asked the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) to begin the process of verifying that the organisation and decision making of the BFI support this commitment in practice.
I will insist that we strictly follow an open and transparent system of trading that meets the terms of the Competition Act 1998. My aim is that the BFI should be a world-class information provider delivering excellent services to customers in a way that benefits the UK economy as a whole. We set prices for licensing of the COI film library on a purely cost-recovery basis.
I am committed to reducing as far as possible the administrative burden on people who re-use public sector information. To this end, we place the minimum possible limitations on the re-use of information for any purpose. I will make sure that we use processes for trading information that are similar to those in the rest of the public sector.
I will tell the Controller of the OPSI about any complaints I receive alleging that the BFI has broken this commitment, and I will investigate them thoroughly. If the OPSI decides to investigate a complaint, I will allow the OPSI investigation team to see relevant staff and records.
Amanda Nevill, BFI CEO