Archive Company Profiles

BFI Archive Sales

BFI Archive Sales is the new gateway for television producers, filmmakers and creatives to the BFI National Archive, possibly the richest collection of film and television in the world.

We strive to handle our clients as with our archival materials with the utmost of care.
Many unique and rarely seen collections can be licensed directly to clients by the BFI’s dedicated in-house specialist team. The BFI Archive Sales team is uniquely positioned to supply specialist technical services and to arrange access to a vast of third party owned content by virtue of being one of the oldest and largest moving image collections in the world.

Browse the BFI Collection Information Database:

BFI YouTube:

BFI owned collections:
COI: UK Government Films made between 1929 to the present day.

RoSPA: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents films, including Tufy Fluffytail!

Topical Budget (1911-1931): A major British newsreel of the silent era, covering events throughout Great Britain and the Empire.

Educational and Television Films: A unique and comprehensive collection of twentieth century socialist films from the UK, and around the world.

Claude Friese-Greene’s ‘Open Road’: Outstanding early colour footage of a road trip from Lands End to John O’Groats, filmed in the mid 1920s.

British Transport Films (1949-1985): A vast range of beautifully produced transport related films, providing a fascinating record of life in Britain’s countryside, towns and cities.

Mining Review: The British Coal Board’s own cinemagazine chronicling all aspects of the coal industry, and its associated mining communities, between 1947 and 1983.

The largest digitised collection of Edwardian (Mitchell and Kenyon) actuality and never- seen before Victorian society films.

A newly digitised and stunning India on Film collection.
Exploration themed films including the BFI’s restoration of the Epic of Everest; the official films of early Antarctic explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott and now, the complete Royal Geographical Society collection digitised in its entirety.

Now & Then: over 300 interviews conducted by Bernard Braden in the late 1960s.

BFI LIVE filmed “Q&A” interviews of world’s greatest cinema alumni, on stage at the National Film Theatre and BFI Southbank in London.

Company Information
BFI Archive Sales
J. Paul Getty Conservation Centre
Katrina Stokes
+44 20 7957 8927

Footage Categories
  • Archival/Newsreel
  • Archival/Newsreel
  • Animation
  • Entertainment/Celebrity
Licensing Options
  • Rights Managed
Formats Available
  • 4K Resolution
  • High Definition
  • Standard Definition

Secure viewing reference and HD file delivery. DVD screeners.
We can deliver a range of digital file specifications as well as privileged access to film source material.