How to start your research

The best place to start is with collections search to see what’s available.

The collection is international in scope, but contemporary collecting is focused on British work across all genres and types of filmmaking.

The BFI National Archive contains a huge collection of

  • film
  • television 
  • still images 
  • posters and design
  • audio recordings
  • books and journals 
  • personal papers

Use the collections search database to find what you’re looking for.

How to access archive material

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you’ll need to contact us through our research viewing service.

Other ways to access archive material

BFI Filmography

A groundbreaking project which compiles a comprehensive list of UK feature films released to cinemas from the beginning of film history until now.

Find out more

Main image caption: Tilda Swinton photographed at the BFI National Archive in Berkhamsted during her visit as part of the BFI LUMINOUS biennial fundraising Gala in 2017.