Press and media FAQ

Common media requests and frequently asked questions.

Where can I find your press releases?

Press releases are available in the About the BFI section.

I need some high-resolution images. Can you help?

You can download images from If you don’t already have an account, you will need to register. Make sure you select ‘film’ as one of your categories of interest before submitting your details for approval. You will then be able to download any of our images.

If you are looking for stills from a BFI-backed project, you will need to contact the film’s distributor. This information is available at If you are looking for an image that is not related to a current project, season or event, please contact our stills team.

Where can I obtain archive footage?

If you require footage for a purpose not directly related to promoting BFI activity, please contact our footage sales team.

I am a journalist. How can I obtain review tickets to a film or event?

You can request press tickets for screenings providing you give the relevant film or season editorial coverage. Press ticket availability for some events is limited and allocation is at our discretion. To request tickets, please contact the relevant press officer.

Can I have a DVD screener of a film showing in a current season?

We cannot supply DVDs of films released by other distributors, even if they feature in a BFI Southbank season. To obtain a screener, please contact the publicity department of the relevant distributor.

Can I have a DVD screener of a BFI theatrical release?

We have press screenings of all BFI theatrical releases at our Stephen Street screening rooms. We also have DVD screeners of BFI theatrical releases or films available in the BFI archive. To make a request, please contact the relevant press officer.

Is it possible to obtain review copies of BFI DVD and Blu-ray releases?

If you are interested in reviewing a BFI DVD, please contact our DVD press officer with details of your outlet, including examples of or links to previous reviews, and details of any special areas of interest.

What seasons are coming up in the next few months?

The programming team plans BFI Southbank seasons several months ahead. We have information on confirmed future seasons and major projects for long-lead media. For more information, please contact the relevant press officer.

I would like to be added to your mailing list.

The BFI press office holds different mailing lists for journalists with different areas of expertise. Please email your details, including who you write for and the area(s) with which you would like to be kept up-to-date, to the Press and PR Coordinator who will add you to the relevant mailing list. You can receive information about seasons, events and screenings taking place at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, as well as DVD and theatrical releases, and corporate and industry announcements.

How do I obtain the BFI’s opinion on a particular issue or announcement?

The BFI has a wealth of experts and spokespeople available for comment on all aspects of film. Specialisms range from cultural and historical expertise to comment and analysis on film industry issues, including production, distribution and current research and statistics.

Each BFI press officer looks after a different area of BFI activity.

How do I obtain press accreditation for the BFI London Film Festival?

LFF Press Accreditation is now open. Find out more about the different types of accreditation available, including a complete list of benefits here.

I am a journalism student and would like to interview someone from the BFI as part of my course.

Because of time constraints, we have to give priority to enquiries from working journalists. Although we are keen to support students wherever we can, limited resources mean that we are often unable to arrange interviews for student projects. However, you may find helpful material on our website, particularly among our press releases and news articles.

Can I send you a copy of my publication?

Yes, please send it to the Press and PR Coordinator, BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN.

Can I film at one of your venues?

All filming requests are processed by the Press and PR Coordinator and are assessed on a case-by-case basis. In some instances the BFI may need to charge a fee for filming on its premises.

Can I apply for a job or internship in the press office?