British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Recent additions to the Gateway

The BUFVC Gateway includes over 1,000 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas.Visit the Moving Image Gateway at: To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email.

California Academy of Science Lectures
Video recordings of public lectures given at the California Academy of Sciences, an international centre for scientific education and research that is at the forefront of efforts to understand and protect the natural world. Lectures cover such subjects as astronomy, ecology, sustainability, natural history, biodiversity, evolution and the science of life. A more extensive range of video lectures is available on the CAS partner site at

This is a degree project developed by Frederic Brodbeck at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Netherlands. It aims to create a visual ‘finger print’ of a movie by representing through an animation such information as the editing structure, colour, speech or motion which are extracted, analysed and then re-presented. The brief sampler available online compares such diverse movie experiences as Kubrick’s version of The Shining and some unspecified porn films. The code used is available through the site.
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Space Boffins
A new, monthly podcast giving a UK and European perspective on space. Presented by Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson, the 30-minute podcasts feature lively conversation, interviews and features on all aspects of space.

Vertical Garden: Patrick Blanc
Patrick Blanc is a botanist and creator of the Vertical Garden (Mur végétal). The ‘Inspiration’ section of his website contains short films of him on plant-hunting expeditions in locations such as limestone cliffs in Borneo, the Osa peninsula in Costa Rica, and looking for the Begonia Blancii in Palawan. Some of the films are in French and others in English or with English subtitles. The site also links to a video lecture he gave on his technique of vertical gardening at the California Academy of Sciences in 2011.

Patrick Blanc Vertical Garden (image: CC / iamdtj)

VPRO: Backlight
Backlight (Tegenlicht) is a weekly, 50-minute current affairs programme produced by VPRO, a national public broadcasting television channel in the Netherlands. The series combines in-depth analysis of recent developments by leading intellectuals, politicians, and business leaders with image-driven storytelling techniques, capturing the effects of these changes on the daily lives of the real world’s citizens. Selected programmes dealing with political, social and cultural issues of international interest, with English description and commentary, are streamed from the website.

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