Introduction to the BFI collections

The films in our collections are a fascinating record of the history, culture and art of filmmaking and TV production, as well as a document of daily life in the UK from the late 19th century to today.

Our collections are an invaluable resource for researchers, students, filmmakers and TV producers, and we share the collections publicly through screenings, releases in cinemas and on DVD and Blu-ray and online.

In this section

  • Television


    We care for a huge archive of British television programmes, collected since the late 1950s.

  • Feature films and short fiction

    Feature films and short fiction

    Our fiction collection comprises more than 50,000 titles from donors all over the world.

  • Silent film

    Silent film

    We collect all British film from the silent era and hold a wide range of early film from Europe and the USA.

  • Non-fiction


    Britain is famous for great factual films, and our non-fiction collection comprises more than 100,000 titles.

  • Artists’ moving image

    Artists’ moving image

    We care for a collection of moving image work from British and international artists dating back to the early 20th century.

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