British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Recent additions to the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes nearly 1,500 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into   over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or  amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit  the Gateway at

Design Museum Podcast
Talks, interviews and discussions with graphic designers, artists, architects, fashion designers, photographers and industrial designers on all aspects of design, covering aesthetics, creativity and sustainability. The podcasts, which are free, are in MP3 format, and each lasts around 25 minutes. They are also available on iTunes.

In Media Res
The aim of this collaborative website is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. Every day the site posts a new article in the form of a short clip (between 30 seconds and three minutes), accompanied by a 300 to 350 word piece contextualising or commenting on the clip, with the aim of promoting discussion in the media studies community and bridging the gap between between academic and non-academic communities. The site’s content is extremely diverse and reflects its collaborative ethos. Users are encouraged to submit their own responses to other contributors’ posts, thus generating the kind of critical engagement and debate that contributes to a better understanding of how a mediated society functions. Recent posts have covered the promotion of Joss Whedon’s film version of Much Ado About Nothing and Twitter and data collection, as well as the significance of celebrity chefs, zombies in popular culture and Gender and Labour in Recession Era Media and Media Studies.

OV Guide
The Online Video Guide is a website aggregator which directs users to the online video content of over 3000 film and video sites. The site is well-organised and easy to search, with the categories – Movies, TV, Celebrity, Sports, Anime and More – divided into hundreds of sub-categories, including the obvious – Documentary, Drama, Comedy and so on – as well as micro-genres such as Albinism, British Empire, Dystopia, Existential, Evil Clown, Stop Motion and Surrealism, to name but a few. The site also directs users to free online content. The listing of film and video sites, which all come with a brief but useful description, is extremely wide-ranging, including sites for Romanian, Chinese and Cuban films, campaigning films and independent films as well as the usual box-office fare.

RTÉ player
This on-demand video service offers television and radio programmes broadcast by Irish public state broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ). Originally only available to Irish viewers, RTÉ player is now streaming its programmes worldwide. As well as current broadcast output, including drama, entertainment, news and sport, the broadcaster has also has a Classics category, featuring selected items from RTÉ’s archive dating back to the 1960s. Also available is the RTÉ TV 50 site, which was created to celebrate fifty years of Irish television. Here the viewer can see clips from the earliest days of RTÉ, read a decade by decade history of the broadcaster, and, in the Clip of the Week section, see how RTE reported national events, social trends and cultural highlights over the past five decades, including a look at the impact of emigration from the West of Ireland in the early 1970s, an encounter with the Beatles at Dublin airport, and a feminist protest at the Forty Foot pool, a traditional male-only swimming point at Sandycove, Dublin.

Screening European Heritage
‘Screening European Heritage’ is an AHRC project set up to explore the ways in which heritage films across Europe choose to present the continent’s history. Run by the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds and B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies, the project was set up to explore the ways in which heritage films across Europe choose to present the continent’s history, particularly how film interacts with the wider heritage sector. The project website features regular news updates, a video by Professor Paul Cooke, giving a brief introduction to the project’s aims and a number of resources, including video essays, presentations and interviews with scholars and researchers.

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