Archive footage sales

We license and sell material from the BFI National Archive to commercial clients such as TV production companies and filmmakers.

Over the last 60 years we’ve assembled the world’s leading collection of moving image materials, some of it unseen for decades, and we’re adding to it all the time. The collection chronicles life in the UK and around the world since the invention of film in the late nineteenth century.

We can arrange research viewings for our clients. You can also view hundreds of BFI owned items at BFI Mediatheques, and there’s an A-Z list of Mediatheque films that you can browse online.

Copyright clearance is required for the supply of all third party material.

Researching archival material

There are two ways to find out what’s available to license from the BFI National Archive online.

We have a dedicated footage sales search interface to the BFI film and television database. You can search for items for which we have the rights, such as COI, Mitchell and Kenyon and Topical Budget films.

We’ve set up a database of non-BFI data inherited from the London Transport Museum, The British Tourist Authority about VisitBritain, COI about Government Films and the BUFVC about Educational and Television Films. We’ve also included some entertaining synopses written by Bernard Braden about his interviews.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch – not all the collections are fully catalogued online and we may be able to help.

Contact us

BFI Archival Footage Sales
21 Stephen Street
London, W1T 1LN
Tel: 020 7957 4842
Fax: 020 7957 8968
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