British Universities Film & Video Council

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Opening Up the Archives to Student Filmmakers

Image courtesy of BFI National Archive.

Divide and Rule – Never! (1978). Image courtesy of BFI National Archive.

The BFI, Learning on Screen and Kingston School of Art are supporting a workshop exploring the creative reuse of archive material in higher education, in a morning session preceding the annual BFI Student Open Day. The event will launch a new scheme providing student filmmakers at UK universities with access to archive material from the BFI National Archive and will be beneficial to students and educators interested in working with archive content on course-related film and media projects.

Date: 18 October 2017, 11.00 – 14.00
Location: NFT3, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

The new scheme follows a successful pilot at Kingston University earlier this year, where 12 films from the BFI National Archive were creatively reused to inspire student video essays and short documentaries under an educational license. The pilot is discussed in a recent article in Learning on Screen’s Viewfinder magazine.

In response to the article, academics from 23 universities expressed interest in using archive material from the BFI National Archive with students on course-related projects across several disciplines. The BFI is now responding to this demand by extending access to the films to other higher education institutions across the UK.

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The aim of the workshop is to:

  • Brief interested academics on the pilot scheme and the films available for license
  • Announce Phase 2 of the scheme and how it will work in practice
  • Explore a variety of creative and pedagogic approaches to working with archive and found footage in course-related moving image work
  • Make students and staff aware of copyright considerations
  • Explore how this emerging academic practice network can work with the BFI and Learning on Screen to widen the pool of films available, and the range of archives willing to contribute to the scheme

The workshop is free but requires registration. To register, fill out the form below.

Students attending the BFI Student Open Day in the afternoon are welcome to attend.

The workshop is kindly supported by the BFI, Learning on Screen, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University London and the MECCSA Practice Network.

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