Research viewing services

If you wish to view a title for research, we may be able to help.

If a title is not available on DVD, or available to view in the BFI Reuben Library, BFI Mediatheques or through archive resources online and you wish to view it for study, please contact our research viewing service.

Unfortunately, we are not resourced to supply bespoke DVD copies on demand due to copyright restrictions and high volume aggregate costs.

This service is available to non-commercial researchers and to students wishing to view research related material, and allows access to all films and videos designated as ‘viewing copies’ in the BFI National Archive.

Viewings take place by appointment.

Viewing sessions, using Steenbeck table viewers for film and VCRs with headphones for video, both of which are under your control, are organised at BFI premises, 21 Stephen Street, London, W1T 1LN, between 10.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

We may offer digital access to some titles, this viewing session would be held at the BFI’s Reuben Library, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT, between 10.30am and 3pm, Tuesday to Friday. Headphones provided.

In certain circumstances we may be able to arrange research viewings at some of the UK’s regional film archives.

You should give us three weeks’ notice and should provide us with full details of title, year, transmission date etc, as appropriate.

Viewing fees are charged at the following rates:

  • £15.00 per hour of running time + VAT for film
  • £10.00 per hour of running time + VAT for video/DVD

For fulltime students at UK and EU universities, OAPs and unwaged:

  • £9.00 per hour of running time + VAT for film
  • £6.00 per hour of running time + VAT for video/DVD

For large groups, viewing theatres are available.

BFI Research viewing service
21 Stephen Street
London, W1T 1LN
Tel 020 7957 4726
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