Help with access to moving image collections

If you have a query about access to archive materials and are unsure how to proceed, please get in touch through these contacts.

You can search the collections online to find out what we hold in the BFI National Archive. It’s also worth reading our frequently asked questions.

Commercial enquiries

Buy content from the BFI National Archive.
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Buy licenses to screen and distribute our films.

Buy images from the BFI collection.
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Film hire for exhibition
Our bookings team hires out films on 35mm, HD digital format, 16mm or DVD for theatrical, non-theatrical and educational screening in cinemas and other venues across the UK. Prints are available from our distribution collection and the BFI National Archive holdings.
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Non-commercial enquiries

For general enquiries about access to the BFI National Archive moving image collections please contact the BFI Collections Gateway team.

Once you’ve found out we hold a copy of a film or television programme using the collections search, you may be able to view the film on BFI premises. Unfortunately we are unable to respond to requests for bespoke DVD copies and copyright restrictions prevent us from selling copies.
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Access for donors, rights-holders and copyright owners
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Access for FIAF member archives
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For enquiries about research access to the Special Collections, please contact the Special Collections team.
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