Use publicly available sources to find out if the material you are interested in exists. Use archive library and viewing facilities to search deeper. For example, use the BFI’s online search services, the BFI Mediatheques and the BFI Reuben Library at BFI Southbank – and look out for CID, the BFI’s new collections database.
Develop your proposal or project and secure funding. Tips:
- Find and work with a digital public space partner.
- Look out for appropriate funding opportunities, e.g. the Arts Council’s Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
Contact and approach archive teams at the BFI and/or the BBC.
- Access to the BFI National Archive is through our Archive footage sales department who will advise on rights clearance, fees and materials.
- For the BBC, contact InfarchArchivePolicyTeam@bbc.co.uk.
Find an archivist who is interested in your project – their insights and skills will be invaluable.
Manage your project by considering the following.
Intellectual property and rights:
- Who owns the material you want to use?
- Have you budgeted to acquire the rights, including the cost of tracing the rights holder?
Transfers and formats:
- What format will you want to view the material on?
- What format will you want for editing?
- Does your budget cover the cost of tape shipping and transfers?
Plan your exhibition, distribution and archiving strategy.
- What rights do you need to exhibit your work in a gallery?
- What rights do you need to distribute your work online?
- How can the major collections of artists’ films support your project?