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British Film Institute

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The British Film Institute (BFI) is the lead body for film in the UK tasked with creating a flourishing film environment; awarding National Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

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National Lottery funded Into Film Project

The BFI was created in 1933 with a mission to ‘encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and the moving image generally, and their impact on society, to promote access to and appreciation of the widest possible range of British and world cinema and to establish, care for and develop collections reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the United Kingdom.’

Today, as well as distributing valuable National Lottery money to projects that will improve the UK film and television industry, the BFI is responsible for several cinema and exhibition venues, as well as the world’s largest film and moving image archive; the BFI National Archive and the BFI Reuben Library, which houses a huge collection of books, journals, documents and audio recordings about the world of film and television.

Are you a film buff? Discover more about the BFI on their website.

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