Help protect our nation’s film collection

Film needs your help

The BFI looks after one of the most important collections of film in the world - films from as early as 1895 to the latest British features just released in cinemas.

But film is fragile. And restoring and preserving it is expensive.

As a charity we rely on the generosity and support of film-lovers such as you to continue this culturally important work.

Any donation, large or small, makes a huge difference, and if you give today every donation we receive up to £400,000 will be matched by a generous supporter – so your gift will be worth twice as much!

A BFI restoration

The Pleasure Garden (1925) - Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Move left or right to see a before and after image from The Pleasure Garden. Integrating sequences, shots and even frames within shots meant hundreds of hours of work to balance the contrast, density, alignment and texture of the different source copies. This restoration was only made possible due to generous support of a number of individuals and foundations.

Restoration

The Pleasure Garden (1925)

Move left or right to see a before and after image from The Pleasure Garden. Integrating sequences, shots and even frames within shots meant hundreds of hours of work to balance the contrast, density, alignment and texture of the different source copies.

Martin Scorsese

I’ve frequently heard the question: “Why preserve movies?” And my answer is always the same: how can we not preserve movies? The cinema is more than our culture - the cinema is us. And that’s why it’s so vitally important that you support and contribute to the British Film Institute’s “Film Is Fragile” campaign. We’ve already lost thousands of titles, and we simply can’t afford to lose one more.
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