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British Film Institute Unlocks Ambitious Plan to Digitize Films

British Film Institute Unlocks Ambitious Plan to Digitize Films

Despite technology’s sea changes, celluloid film is having a renaissance, thanks not only to Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, but also to the British Film Institute.

First established in 2013, the Unlocking Film Heritage has already seen archives and collections across the UK undertaking new programs and establishing new digital catalogues. And now BFI is opening the floor for submissions. Only films and television titles originated on film are eligible, and the BFI hopes to resurrect at least 10,000 titles with the support of the National Lottery.

A key tenet of this Fund is to bring films that have not often been available or seen since they were first made to new audiences, and one such venue is BFI’s online streaming player, which already houses a wealth of titles.

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Per BFI, “The priority for the project is to find films which meet criteria of public and cultural value, which have a strong audience appeal and make a contribution to a series of curatorial themes: in particular films which can be used to explore Britain on Film, or feature significant anniversaries, seasonal and regional festivals, customs and events. Britain on Film is one of the largest parts of the project and will include films which have strong sense of place, revealing the fascinating wealth of British landscapes and architecture, in both rural and urban settings. Diversity in subject matter and material which will appeal to diverse audiences are key priorities.”

The deadline for submission is 5pm on August 21, 2015. The full application guidelines are available via the BFI website here.

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