British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Latest additions to the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 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, telephone or visit the Gateway at

Culturethèque is the digital platform of the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, offering French cultural content including ebooks, film and audio material. The site’s mission statement is to present French cultural events happening today in order to promote the presence of the French language online. Helpfully divided into five sections, including Read, Watch and Listen, the resources are all free but users must register to access the full range of material.

Easy-French-PoetryEasy French Poetry
This free iTunes podcast is presented by Camille Chevalier-Karfis who, in each podcast, reads a French poem twice: once slowly, so that the listener can repeat the lines, and then at a more natural reading pace. She also speaks about the life of the poet, the poem’s language and vocabulary and analyses the text in clear, everyday French. The full text of the poems, as well as much more material – including audiobooks and language lessons – is available to paying subscribers on Chevalier-Karfis’s French Today website, which also includes a blog about French culture, travel, language, humour and cuisine.

GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art) aggregates content from eight European media archives, providing access to moving images and associated metadata in the realm of experimental film and video. The resource acts as a gateway, providing the user with details on archival holdings of the participating institutions but also streams a considerable amount of video content on the site itself. The search engine allows users to search by Keyword, Artist Name, Media Type and Date. As might be expected of such a venture, the site is attractively designed and also features a number of interesting, if slightly convoluted, text essays on the theoretical background to the project and the ideological implications of digitisation and curation: essentially asking to what extent the nature of the artwork is altered by the form and context in which it exists.

Podcast Thing
A portal which helps people to ‘find great podcasts’. Curated by Max Temkin and Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, the site presents a selection of mainly American podcasts, arranged under a number of topics, including Tech, Science & Education, Politics & Econ and Storytelling. An Interview page features transcripts of question and answer sessions with podcasters, writers, designers and other culturally-aware, creative people, who talk about their favourite podcasts, and why (and how) they like listening to them. The site works well because its focus is fairly narrow, with the emphasis on curation, rather than attempting to provide comprehensive but overwhelming list of resources.

Whitney Watch and Listen
As the leading institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art covers all twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The museum’s video channel features interviews with artists and musicians, information about exhibitions, lectures and selected audioguides, which can be downloaded along with transcripts.

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