The BFI has a huge number of films in its archives (its Warwickshire warehouse holds over 450,000 cans of film alone), including vital footage from the last hundred years of British history. The problem, however, has always been working out how to let people see those films — especially those in delicate condition, which can’t be easily loaned out to cinemas or museums.
An obvious solution is to put the films online, and that’s exactly the plan that the BFI announced on 2 October. Over the next five years, according to its “Film Forever” report, 10,000 films will be digitised and loaded online for the public to view on a so-called “BFIPlayer”.
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