Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund

We’re investing in digitisation, preservation, interpretation and access to make our film heritage available for everyone in the UK to enjoy.

Our ultimate goal is to make all of Britain’s screen heritage accessible to the public. A total of £5m is being made available until the programme’s end in 2017 for the digitisation of 5,000 titles from collections outside the BFI.

A Date to Remember (c1952)

A Date to Remember (c1952)
Credit: Yorkshire Film Archive

Digitising these films will mean that anyone in the UK can enjoy the full range of our rich screen heritage, regardless of where they live or where the films are held. This will transform our understanding of the shape, history and diversity of film and TV in Britain.

The fund will support the technical costs of digitisation. We will prioritise material that appeals to diverse audiences, and represents and relates to all areas of the UK.

Springtime in a English Village (1944)

Springtime in a English Village (1944)
Credit: BFI National Archive

Applications are open to custodians of national and regional film archives and significant screen heritage collections, and to commercial rights holders and collection owners. If you are a rights holder, we are looking for British feature-length fiction films which have either been released theatrically or broadcast on terrestrial television.

There are two strands of funding available:

  • Strand 1 for commercial rights holders
  • Strand 2 for significant public collections

How to apply

Applications for this fund closed on Monday 10 February 2014.

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    BFI National Archive

    We care for one of the greatest collections of film and television in the world.

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