British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


IAC - The Film & Video Institute represents amateur movie makers, and most of the video clubs, in the UK. We hold national and regional competitions / film festivals (that attract many international entries), seminars, etc. Members get a bi-monthly glossy magazine (Film & Video Maker) along with regional magazines, low-cost music copyright licences, access to both technical and general web forums and several other services. We represent the UK on the international scene, especially with UNICA. We have a very large archive of amateur films (covering most of our 75 year history), stored at the East Anglian Film Archive in Norwich, and available on request.

The Library includes major award winning titles from the IAC International Competition, The Ten Best Competition, the BAVA Competition, Film Making, North v South, Guernsey Lily and other competitions.  It is growing every year.

Entertaining and informative programmes of films and videos may be hired by individuals or clubs in the U.K., and the library is also a valuable source of information for students

Of the hundreds of ciné films in the library many have already been transferred to tape and the Institute has identified a prioritised list of films for transfer onto digital BetaCam and further to SVHS and VHS for working copies.  Ciné films can still be hired by arrangement, subject to their condition.

Cataloguing such a massive collection is no easy task and the latest listing is a tribute to the people who sweated blood over its preparation.  But for users it offers an insight to the treasure trove.  Here is a chance to enjoy the world’s best amateur work, to study how the winners do it and to learn their techniques.
Artefact description
Many artefacts, particularly cameras are owned by individual members and initial access should be made via the website.
Amateur films
Initial access to the film archive through our Epsom Office (address above) or 01372 822812
Viewing off premises.
Charges for facilities and handling. A price list is available upon request.
Copyright not held. Copyright resides with filmmakers.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video: Amateur.
Video components: VHS Video, S-VHS Video.
Film: Amateur.
Film components: 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Many pieces of equipment are owned by our individual members. Requests for specific items may be made through our website or magazine(s).


Printed catalogue

Additional Information

Video and Super-8 catalogues are indexed by categories and makers, 16mm catalogue is not indexed.
Other information
Conservation policy
No material is ever discarded.

Main Contact

Mr John Bartlett
Job title
Video Librarian
01983 566262
62 Hillrise Avenue
Binstead Ryde
PO33 3UJ

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