The BFI preserves more than 1.4 million still images featuring on- and off-screen moments, portraits of cinema’s most iconic names, as well as images of studios, cinemas, special events, technology and pre-cinema. The collection is one of the most extensive in the world.

Searching the collections

Search the BFI’s collections database to find out what images – as well as films, television programmes, scripts, books and journals – we hold.

Stills access

Due to a planned infrastructure upgrade, we will be unable to service any remote access or download requests during May 2022. This is a temporary measure and we will resume the stills access service as soon as possible.