British Film Institute

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British Film Institute

Charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to add

Category: Movies & TV

Founded in 1933.

Countries: United Kingdom (45%), United States (17%), (9%)

Main connections: BBC, Orson Welles, The Birth of a Nation

Linked to: Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, BBC, British Film Institute Fellowship

 

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1934

Ernest Lindgren - Lindgren joined the British Film Institute in February 1934 as Information Officer, and became the first curator of the National Film Library in 1935, renamed the National Film Archive in 1955


1952

Vertigo (film) - Every ten years since 1952, the British Film Institute's film magazine "Sight & Sound" has asked the world's leading film critics to compile a list of the 10 best films of all time


1957

BBC - Examples are cited such as "I, Claudius", "Civilisation", "Tonight", "Monty Python's Flying Circus", "Doctor Who" and "Pot Black", but other examples can be given in each of these fields as shown by the BBC's entries in the British Film Institute's 2000 list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes

 

Paths of Glory - In October 1957 and November 2004 the film was shown at the London Film Festival by the British Film Institute


1964

Peter Flannery - The epic nine-part serial, charting the course of the lives of four friends from Newcastle from 1964 to 1995, was in 2000 voted by the British Film Institute as one of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century


1970

William Haggar - The "Sheepstealer" was previously lost, and was rediscovered in the 1970s in the collection of the early film educator Abbé Joseph Joye in Switzerland; and restored by the British Film Institute in the 1990s


1972

Michael Relph - From 1972 to 1979, he was chairman of the British Film Institute's Production Board


1980

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen - When the film was screened at the British Film Institute in the 1980s, it served as an influence for Terry Gilliam, who was making his own version of the Munchausen stories, "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"


1983

The institute received a Royal Charter in 1983 add something

 

Orson Welles - Welles was awarded a Fellowship of the British Film Institute in 1983.


1988

In 1988, the BFI opened the London Museum of the Moving Image on the South Bank add something


1990

Get Carter - A resurgence of critical and public interest in the film in the 1990s led to the British Film Institute releasing a new print of the film in 1999


1991

Kenneth Anger - In 1991, Anger moved to West Arenas Boulevard in Palm Springs, where the British Film Institute sent Rebecca Wood to assist him in writing an autobiography, which was never actually produced


1992

The Mountain Eagle - In 1992, the British Film Institute released its first "Missing Presumed Lost" list of films, and in January 2010 they announced that they had begun actively searching for some 75 missing films, including "The Mountain Eagle", "A Study in Scarlet" , "The First Men in the Moon" , Dinah Shurey's "The Last Post", and "Where Is Parsifal-" , a peculiar comedy starring Ron Moody, Donald Pleasence and Orson Welles

 

La Strada - It was placed fourth in the 1992 British Film Institute directors' list of cinema's top 10 films

 

Jeremy Thomas - Thomas was Chairman of the British Film Institute from August 1992 until December 1997 and has been the recipient of many *awards throughout the world, including the Michael Balcon *award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema from BAFTA, and the European Film *award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema


1993

Wiping - The BBC has close contacts with the National Film and Television Archive, which is part of the British Film Institute and its "Missing Believed Wiped" event which was first held in 1993 and is part of a campaign to locate lost items from British television's past


1997

The Right Stuff (film) - In addition, the British Film Institute published a book on "The Right Stuff" by Tom Charity in October 1997 that offered a detailed analysis and behind-the-scenes anecdotes


1998

Alan Parker - He became chairman of the Board of Governors of the British Film Institute in 1998 and in 1999 was appointed the first chairman of the newly formed Film Council


1999

The Museum was "temporarily" closed in 1999 when the BFI stated that it would be re-sited add something

 

Brief Encounter - In 1999 "Brief Encounter" came second in a British Film Institute poll of the top 100 British films

 

The Ipcress File (film) - In 1999 it was included at number 59 on the BFI list of the 100 best British films of the 20th century

 

A Room with a View (1985 film) - In 1999 the British Film Institute voted "A Room with a View" the 73rd greatest British film of the 20th Century

 

The Crying Game - In 1999, the British Film Institute named it the 26th-greatest British film of all time

 

The Third Man - In 1999, the British Film Institute selected "The Third Man" as the best British film of the 20th century


2000

In 2000, it published a high-profile list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, as voted for by a range of industry figures add something

 

This was updated in 2000, and in the same year the newly established UK Film Council took responsibility for providing the BFI's annual grant-in-aid add something

 

Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series) - A 2000 poll of industry professionals conducted by the British Film Institute ranked the serial at 99 in the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, which the BFI attributed to its "managing to combine faithfulness to the novel with a freshness that appealed across the generations"

 

Jeremy Thomas - He was made a Life Fellow of the British Film Institute in 2000

 

Doctor Who - In 2000, "Doctor Who" was ranked third in a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, produced by the British Film Institute and voted on by industry professionals

 

Blackadder - In 2000, the fourth series, "Blackadder Goes Forth", ranked at 16 in the "100 Greatest British Television Programmes", a list created by the British Film Institute

 

Ted Kotcheff - In 2000, the play was voted one of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century in a poll of industry professionals conducted by the British Film Institute

 

Blackadder - In a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, drawn up by the British Film Institute in 2000 and voted for by industry professionals, "Blackadder Goes Forth" was placed 16th

 

Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom - London: British Film Institute, 2000

 

Don't Look Now - "Don't Look Now" was chosen by the British Film Institute in 2000 as one of eight classic films from those that had begun to deteriorate to undergo restoration


2002

This did not happen, and MOMI's closure became permanent in 2002 when it was decided to redevelop the South Bank site add something

 

David Lean - Acclaimed by directors including Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, Lean was voted 9th greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute "Sight & Sound" "Directors' Top Directors" poll 2002

 

Krzysztof Kieslowski - In 2002 Kie?lowski was listed at number two on the British Film Institute's "Sight & Sound" Top Ten Directors list of modern times

 

The Trial (1962 film) - In the British Film Institute's 2002 "Sight & Sound" poll, Fernando Martin Peña voted "The Trial" one of his 10 favorite films


2003

He succeeded the late Anthony Minghella , who was chair from 2003 until 31 December 2007 add something

 

Journey to Italy - An earlier DVD version was released in 2003 as a region 2 DVD by the British Film Institute

 

The Draughtsman's Contract - In 2003 the BFI restored the film digitally and this restoration was released on $ DVD. Umbrella Entertainment released the digitally restored film on DVD in Australia, with special features including an introduction and commentary by Peter Greenaway, an interview With Composer Michael Nyman, behind the scenes footage and on set interviews, deleted scenes, trailers and a featurette on the film's digital restoration

 

Citizen Kane - The 2003 British DVD edition is taken from a master positive held by the British Film Institute


2004

The Seventh Veil - In 2004 the British Film Institute complied a list of the 100 biggest UK cinematic hits of all time based on audience figures, as opposed to gross takings

 

Vertigo (film) - In a 2004 special issue of the British Film Institute's magazine "Sight & Sound", director Martin Scorsese described the qualities of Herrmann's famous score:

 

Paola Mori - In support of that claim, Beatrice has filed a lawsuit against the British Film Institute when they tried to screen that film in 2004, causing the screening to be cancelled


2005

David Rudkin - He has written a volume in the British Film Institute's "Film Classics" series, a 2005 study of Carl Theodor Dreyer's "Vampyr"

 

Walkabout (film) - In 2005, the British Film Institute included it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14


2007

London Film Festival - An announcement of a £25 million capital investment in the Strategy for UK Screen Heritage was made by Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport at the opening night of the 2007 London Film Festival add something

 

Martin Adler - In 2007 the Rory Peck Trust inaugurated the Martin Adler Prize which is awarded on an annual basis at the British Film Institute in recognition of Adler's "great talents as a journalist, filmmaker and storyteller"

 

Ritwik Ghatak - In 2007, "A River Named Titas" topped the list of 10 best Bangladeshi films, as chosen in the audience and critics' polls conducted by the British Film Institute

 

Syndromes and a Century - The British Film Institute's "Sight & Sound" year-end poll for 2007 had "Syndromes and a Century" tied for seventh best with four other films

 

Dracula (1958 film) - The film was digitally restored and re-released in the UK by the BFI in 2007

 

Dracula (1958 film) - This release contains the 2007 BFI restoration along with the 2012 high-definition Hammer restoration which includes footage which was previously believed to be lost


2008

The current chair is Greg Dyke, who took office on 1 March 2008 add something

 

Syndromes and a Century - The UK DVD release of "Syndromes and a Century" by the British Film Institute is scheduled for June 30, 2008


2009

Deep End (film) - In 2009, Bavaria Media, a subsidiary of Bavaria Film, which co-produced the film in 1970 through its subsidiary Maran Film, began a digital restoration as part of the film's 40th anniversary, in cooperation with the British Film Institute


2010

Deborah Kerr - However, the British Film Institute's Josephine Botting curated a "Deborah Kerr Season," which included almost 20 of her feature films as well as an exhibition of posters, other cinemabilia, and personal items on loan from Deborah Kerr's family, which took place in September and October 2010

 

Elisabeth Sladen - Sladen's last fan event was at the "British Film Institute" on 12 October 2010, where there was a special showing of "The Death Of The Doctor", followed by a Q&A session


2011

Peter Kosminsky - In December 2011, the British Film Institute mounted a season celebrating Kosminsky's 30 years in film and television


2012

In late 2012, the BFI received money from the Department For Education to create the BFI Film Academy Network add something

 

The Manxman - A new restoration of "The Manxman" was completed in 2012, as part of the BFI's £2 million "Save the Hitchcock 9" project to restore all of the director's surviving silent films

 

Aneel Ahmad - Boy in the Tree has been acquired for the nation by the British Film Institute for national archive 2012

 

Nicolas Philibert - He was one of the directors invited to nominate his favourite films in the British Film Institute's 2012 poll

 

Satantango - In 2012, it appeared in the British Film Institute's "Sight & Sound" critics' top 50 films

 

The Puppetmaster (film) - In the British Film Institute's 2012 "Sight & Sound" poll, seven critics and three directors named it one of the greatest films ever made

 

The Lady from Shanghai - In the British Film Institute's 2012 "Sight & Sound" poll, six critics each ranked it one of the 10 greatest films of all time

 

The Shop Around the Corner - It ranked 202nd in the British Film Institute's 2012 "Sight & Sound" critics' poll of the greatest films ever made, having garnered eight critics' votes

 

Floating Clouds - It received 10 votes total in the British Film Institute's 2012 "Sight & Sound" critics' and directors' polls

 

Taste of Cherry - Since the film's release, multiple other critics have declared it a masterpiece; in the British Film Institute's 2012 "Sight & Sound" poll, six critics and two directors named "Taste of Cherry" one of the 10 best films ever made

 

The Searchers (film) - The British Film Institute's "Sight & Sound" magazine ranked it as the seventh best film of all time based on a 2012 international survey of film critics and in 2008, the French magazine Cahiers du cinéma ranked "The Searchers" number 10 in their list of the top 100 best films ever made

 

Journey to Italy - The film is ranked 41st in the 2012 survey of film critics conducted by "Sight & Sound" magazine, under the auspices of the British Film Institute

 

The White Ribbon - "The White Ribbon" received 10 votes in the British Film Institute's 2012 "Sight & Sound" polls

 

Peter Kosminsky - In January 2012, Kosminsky was elected by BFI members to the Board of Governors of the British Film Institute

 

The programme is being supported by the Department for Education in England who have committed £1m per annum funding from April 2012 and 31 March 2015 add something

 

Jacques Tati - In August 2012 the British Film Institute, polled 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors to find "The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time" and Play Time was voted 42nd in the list In the corresponding Directors Poll by the BFI, Playtime was *awarded the accolade of being seen as the 37th greatest film of all time by his fellow directors

 

Stalker (1979 film) - For example, it earned a place in the British Film Institute's '50 Greatest Films of All Time' poll conducted for "Sight & Sound" in September 2012

 

Maitresse - In November 2012, "Maîtresse" was released in a new Blu-ray Disc/DVD dual-format edition by the BFI, its first appearance on Blu-ray Disc


2013

A Place in the Sun (film) - In 2013, the British Film Institute rereleased the picture across the United Kingdom due to its significant merit

 

London Indian Film Festival - The centrepiece 'In conversation' on Saturday 20 July 2013 at the BFI Southbank, will be with Actor Irrfan Khan, one of the very few Indians to straddle Hollywood, British and Indian cinema, talking to  award winning director of Senna, Asif Kapadia

 

The Birth of a Nation - In the UK, the film was released on Blu-ray on July 22, 2013, by Eureka Entertainment as part of their "Masters of Cinema" collection, with the Photoplay restoration to be released on Blu-ray by the BFI in September 2015

 

Suffragette (film) - On 24 October 2013, it was revealed that Pathé has replaced Focus, while the BFI Film Fund was to fund the film


2014

A Study in Scarlet (1914 film) - As of 2014, the film is missing from the BFI National Archive, and is listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films

 

Aneel Ahmad - Checkpost has been acquired for the nation by the British Film Institute for national archive 2014

 

Berkhamsted - Berkhamsted is the home of the British Film Institute's BFI National Archive at King's Hill, one of the largest film and television archives in the world, which was generously endowed by J. Paul Getty, Jr. In November 2014 the Academy of Urbanism said of the town, "It would appear that, by any measure, Berkhamsted is a successful town


2015

Marilyn Monroe - Despite the film's initial failure, in 2015 Geoff Andrew of the British Film Institute described it as a classic

 

Katharine Hepburn - In 2015, the British Film Institute held a two-month retrospective of Hepburn's work

 

The Birth of a Nation - In 2015, the year of the film's centenary, Photoplay Productions' Patrick Stanbury, in conjunction with the British Film Institute, carried out the first full restoration

 

Around the World with Orson Welles - Sets containing what were thought to be the five sole surviving broadcast episodes and "The Dominici Affair" were separately released on both VHS and DVD. Then, in 2015, to mark the centenary of Welles's birth, the British Film Institute released both DVD and limited-edition Blu-ray sets containing all six broadcast episodes and "The Dominici Affair"

 

Colin Morgan - "Testament of Youth" has a UK premiere of 16 January 2015 though its world premiere was featured in The Centrepiece Gala, at the British Film Institute London Film Festival on 14, 16 and 17 October 2014

 

Jaz Coleman - The film was premiered at the British Film Institute on February 19, 2015

 

Mel Brooks - On March 20, 2015, Brooks was *awarded a British Film Institute Fellowship from the British Film Institute

 

Robert Siodmak - The British Film Institute will be running a restrospective of his career in April and May 2015

 

Michael Hordern - BFI Screenonline, British Film Institute, accessed 27 August 2015

 

Night and the City - In September 2015 the BFI released the film on Blu-ray, again containing both versions

 

Alan Parker - The British Film Institute planned to pay tribute to Parker in late September 2015 with an event titled "Focus on Sir Alan Parker

 

Cate Blanchett - In October 2015, Blanchett was *awarded the prestigious British Film Institute Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, presented to her by fellow actor Ian McKellan

 

Shoah (film) - "Shoah" was ranked one of the "50 Greatest Documentaries of All Time" in a December 2015 poll by the British Film Institute


2016

Phyllis Nagy - In 2016, the British Film Institute named "Carol" the best LGBT film of all time, as voted by over 100 film experts, including critics, filmmakers, curators, academics, and programmers, in a poll encompassing over 80 years of cinema

 

The current chair is Josh Berger, who took up the post in February 2016 add something

 

On 29 November 2016 BFI announced that over 100,000 television programmes are to be digitised before the video tape formats become obsolete the tapes currently have an estimated five-to-six-year shelf life no matter how great the environment is in which they are stored add something


2017

Seven Samurai - As of 2017, "Seven Samurai" is the best-selling home video title ever released by the British Film Institute

 

Stuart Staples - In 2017, the British Film Institute released a film he directed and scored of films by the naturalist F. Percy Smith

 

Peeping Tom (film) - The British Film Institute named it the 78th greatest British film of all time, and in 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for "Time Out" magazine saw it ranked the 27th best British film ever

 

Patrick Stewart - However, in an interview by the Press Association at the British Film Institute Luminous Fundraising Gala on 3 October 2017, Stewart said that he hoped the US would pass stronger gun laws, but did not mention any intention of becoming an American citizen in furtherance of that hope


2018

Alexandra Braun - London Film Festival - In February 2018, she won the Best Actress for the fourth time for the movie Uma at the London Film Festival which is produced by the British Film Institute which screens more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from approximately 50 countries