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BFI Archival Sales

BFI National Archive
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1442 285274


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

Many unique and rarely seen collections can be licensed directly to clients by the BFI
They include:

COI (1929 to present):
The BFI now represents the COI Collection of some 12,000 Public Information Films. From 30s, 40s, and 50s Cinema Trailers to more recent Television Ads they reflect the attitudes, achievements and preoccupations of three generations of British Society.

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.

Mitchell & Kenyon:
Extraordinary and evocative actuality footage of everyday British life and society in the first years of the twentieth century.

Polar Exploration:
Includes the official films of early Antarctic explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

Visit Britain:
Films from the British Tourist Board Authority from 1933 to the present day. Everything from Shark Fishing to Trooping the Colour.

Now & Then:
Over 300 interviews conducted by Bernard Braden between 1967 and 1968 on 16mm film and recently transferred to HD by the BFI. Includes pop stars Tom Jones and Lulu, politicians Enoch Powell and Jeremy Thorpe, comedians Peter Cook and Spike Milligan and film stars Sean Connery and Sammy Davis Jr.
GPO: Films made by the exemplary GPO Film Unit and Crown Film Unit (1933-1945)

British Council: Documentary films made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played.

London Transport Museum: Films about the people and places integral to London's complex transport network through the ages.

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

  • John Carino
    (Commercial Sales Officer)
    Tel: ++44 (0)1442 285273
    Mob: ++44 (0)7775814516
    United Kingdom
  • Liz Cooper
    (Archive Sales Officer)
    Tel: ++44 (0)1442 285274
    Mob: ++44 (0)7775812560
    United Kingdom