British Universities Film & Video Council

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OVERSEAS FILM AND TELEVISION CENTRE


Haile Selassie from ‘ACCRA’ Conference’ 1965 (photo courtesy of Film Images [London] Ltd)
Description
The Overseas Film and Television Centre (OFTVC) is a collection of some of the most historically meaningful films still in existence showing Britain’s former colonies, mainly Africa and the Caribbean. Its main purpose was to promote economic and social development in the colonies and for all the colonial countries to obtain their own independent film units with technical help from the organisation in Britain. Also incorporated in the collection are a number of films from other clients, including Milk Marketing Board, Gullick (mining equipment manufacturer), RSPCA, Young’s Brewery, Castrol Oil, Crawfords Advertising Agency, Conservative Party, and the British Travel Association. There are also commercials made by the OFTVC for clients such as Ovaltine, Barclays Bank and Guinness.
Website
http://www.film-images.com
Keywords
Africa; Advertising films; Caribbean; Colonial affairs; Nigeria; Colonial Film Unit; Mines, engineering
Access
Access available (appointments necessary). Access for disabled. Research can be carried out on behalf of customers.
Facilities
Inhouse viewing facilities available from VHS PAL reference library and 16mm/35mm Steenbecks available to view from film. Tailor-made VHS or U-matic cassettes can be made for preview purposes ( a fee is payable for this). Showreels are available upon request.
Charges
Fees are charged for research, licence fees and transfers/delivery. All fees are clearly outlined in advance, dependent on the project.
Copyright
Copyright is managed by Film Images on behalf of the owners/originators of the footage.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video/Film
Film: Over 1,400 titles.
Film components: 16mm/35mm black and white and OCN.
Video components: Beta SP. U-matic, hi/lo band.

Catalogues

Online catalogue
Available onlineat http://www.film-images.com and http://www.footagenet.com (A separate part of the site gives the researcher access to the OFTVC database and shotlist.

Main Contact

Name
Mr. James Kearney
Job title
Film Researcher
Department
Research Department
Telephone
020 7624 3388
Fax
020 7624 3377
Email
research@film-images.com
Address
2 The Quadrant
135 Salusbury Road
London
NW6 6RJ

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