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Emma Smart

Library and Mediatheque Manager

Emma Smart is Library and Mediatheque Manager and film programmer for the BFI. She joined the BFI in 2000 first working as a Library Assistant and then Librarian, responsible for the library’s journal collection. The role combined the skills Emma acquired working at an academic library with her long held passion and understanding of the moving image. During this period she studied part-time for her MA in the History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, graduating in the summer of 2005 with a merit award. 

Emma now manages the BFI Reuben Library and its team, alongside looking after the operations of the BFI Mediatheque. She played a key role in the delivery group that oversaw the move of the library from the BFI offices in Stephen Street,  to its much more open and visual location at the heart of the BFI’s public offer at BFI Southbank in 2012.

Emma also co-programmes BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival and enjoys the creativity the role offers. She has given several illustrated lectures about the history of queer cinema and queer icons including the lesbian appeal of gay icons Dusty Springfield and Judy Garland and has been a part of several international film juries, including Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Oslo Skeive Filmer Film Festival and Outfest.

Articles by Emma Smart

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  • A short history of lesbian vampires on screen

    With The Carmilla Movie set to wow audiences at this year’s BFI Flare we take a look at the most iconic lesbian vampires depicted on both the big and small screens.

    Friday, March 16, 2018


  • The 10 best librarians on screen

    To celebrate National Libraries Day 2016, staff at the BFI Reuben Library nominate their top 10 librarians in film and television.

    Friday, February 5, 2016


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