Archive footage sales

License and buy material from the BFI National Archive for commercial projects

The Great White Silence (1924)

The Great White Silence (1924)

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.

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Children on Trial (1946)

Children on Trial (1946)

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

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    Search our collections database to find out what films, television programmes, images, scripts, books and journals we hold.

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