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BFI Unlocking Film Heritage

Britain on Film Crowdsourcing is part of Britain on Film, one of the largest and most complex archival projects ever undertaken and part of the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage programme (2013-17).

Bringing together a partnership with Regional and National Film Archives and rights holder collections across the UK, the public launch of Britain on Film on BFI Player is the result of a sophisticated programme of data capture, cataloguing, copying to archival standards, meticulous preservation of original materials, thorough searching of archives across the country, new state-of- the-art equipment and digital storage facilities and the transfer of films to the BFI’s online video platform, BFI Player.

Unlocking Film Heritage and Britain on Film are thanks to £15 million funding from the National Lottery and the additional support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Britain on Film Crowdsourcing has been built on the PYBOSSA framework by Scifabric, a new technology company that develops incredibly versatile tools for collection, analysis and data enrichment using crowd-based methodologies such as citizen science and crowdsourcing.

Previous UK clients have included the British Museum and British Library.

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