|Coronation Celebrations in Burgess Hill, 1953|
(Screen Archive South East)
At this stage £1.5m is available, with the maximum grant per application set at £100,000. The deadline for submission is 5pm on 21 August.
The BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage (UHF) project was launched in 2013 as a key part of the BFI’s strategic plan to ensure that the people of the UK, filmmakers, educationalists, researchers and other users can access and enjoy the full range of screen heritage, regardless of where they live or where that heritage is held.
Heather Stewart, creative director, BFI said: “The UFH project is an astonishing opportunity to make some of the unseen and unheralded glories of British cinema available to the widest possible range of audiences. We are working with rights holders and partners to bring these films into the 21st century and stimulate a renewal of interest in our shared history as captured on film.”
The work has been divided into separate strands: 5,000 from the BFI National Archive and 5,000 from the significant public collections and rights holders’ collections in the UK.
|The Way We Live, 1946|
(BFI National Archive)
A priority 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 that 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 that will appeal to diverse audiences are key priorities. To ensure value for money in digitisation and consistency of technical standards, a network of partnerships with commercial providers has been set up.
The project has also seen the establishment of a National Catalogue of British Film, with every film listed being given a entry in the Entertainment Identifier Registry using a new international standard for film cataloguing.
The full guidelines for applicants are published on the BFI website at: