BFI book releases and trade sales

Discover more about film and television with the BFI’s diverse range of titles and find information about trade sales.

BFI Film Classics books

For decades BFI Publishing has encouraged a deeper understanding and fuelled readers’ passion for film and TV with an unparalleled range of books and resources for film fans, students, teachers and researchers. Our list includes the prestigious BFI Film Classics series and the BFI Screen Guides.

From May 2018, BFI books and resources are published in partnership with Bloomsbury, a leading independent publisher with an award-winning programme spanning academic, consumer and digital publishing. Bloomsbury has a strong profile in film and media publishing, which includes Screen Studies, a dynamic new digital resource for moving image learning and research.

If you are a lecturer/instructor interested in inspection copies for your course, please order direct from Bloomsbury (instructions here) or email with your course details.

If you are a book reviewer and would like to review one of our books, please email

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The BFI Compendium series of books are dynamic, accessible and wide-ranging guides to the BFI’s national Blockbuster film seasons.

Produced by the team behind Sight & Sound magazine, each volume includes lavishly illustrated essays from the world’s leading film writers, curators and academics. Contributors include Mark Kermode, Sir Christopher Grayling, Laura Mulvey and Camille Paglia.

Compendiums published to date include Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, Black Star, Love, and Who Can You Trust?.

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