British Film Institute

“The BFI was founded in 1933. We are a charity governed by a Royal Charter. We combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. We award Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.”

The British Film Institute is a very well-known and respected organisation which, for me, provides a brilliant database of information, knowledge and an incredible web of networks. As I’ve already mentioned in another post before, for my Independent Practice module, the BFI has some great talks with various creatives in several different fields of film and animation. It has a whole host of interviews and discussions on various areas of animation as well as upcoming animators and us as up and coming creatives. They do several events quite regularly as well as supporting education and research into film studies.
They do have a ‘HQ’ at Southbank London, where they have an IMAX and museum of film in which a lot of the festivals, events and films are shown and take place.
Although the Institute does focus on film, the information and ideas that BFI propose still have a large effect on my own animation skills and knowledge, as film and animation are very closely linked in several different ways.

If someone wanted to subscribe or join the BFI’s membership there is a cost but you do get various benefits depending on the amount of support you wish to give them.

“Become a BFI Member to be at the front of the queue for the hottest film tickets and to enjoy exclusive access to special events and discounts.

BFI Supporter

Become a BFI Supporter to show your support and to stay in touch with the work of the BFI.
Supporters’ benefits include:

– BFI Southbank Guide mailed direct every month
– Invitations to selected Members’ events throughout the year

£25

BFI Member

Become a BFI Member to be at the front of the queue for the hottest film tickets and to enjoy exclusive access to special events and discounts.
Members’ benefits include:

– Priority booking for BFI Southbank and BFI Festivals
– Free tickets to exclusive events every month
– Ticket discounts of £1.50 at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX
– BFI Southbank Guide mailed direct every month
– Filmstore discount of up to 20%
– No booking fees at BFI Southbank

£40 – save £5 with our Festival offer

BFI Champion

Become a BFI Champion to give a little bit extra and to enjoy extra priority access to the hottest film tickets, invitations to special events and a new release BFI DVD every quarter.
Champions’ benefits include:

– Extra priority booking for BFI Southbank and BFI Festivals
– Free tickets and direct booking to exclusive Members’ events every month
– Invitations to additional special events throughout the year
– New release BFI DVD mailed every quarter
– Ticket discounts of £1.50 at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX
– BFI Southbank Guide mailed direct every month
– Filmstore discount of up to 20%
– No booking fees at BFI Southbank

£255″

Although I don’t intend to join up at the moment I will keep checking to see what new information and events they have up as well as looking out for selected events. They also have a lot of information and great little quotes on their Twitter page.
@BFI

It seems to be a recurring theme for a lot of groups and institutions to have a lot more information going towards their Twitter sites, I think it may be due to the way people now react to online information, with speed and the idea that all the information can be within one easy place. This is something I think I may have to look in further and focus on trying to get hold of the right people to follow on there and utilise it as best as possible.

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