Magazine article Screen International

BFI Acquire Children's Film Foundation Catalogue

Magazine article Screen International

BFI Acquire Children's Film Foundation Catalogue

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Collection features directors and actors such as Michael Powell, Francesca Annis & Sadie Frost.

The BFI have acquired world rights in all media for the Children's Film Foundation (CFF) collection of around 400 British short films, features and serials that were produced for young audiences from the 1950s to the 1980s.

A non-profit making pan-industry initiative, the CFF was set up in 1951 to make home-grown entertainment for young cinemagoers with the CFF's legacy being its encouragement of directorial and acting talent including Michael Powell, Lewis Gilbert, Francesca Annis, Sadie Frost and Michael Crawford. Key themes of the films included adventure, mysteries, science-fiction, ship wrecks and animals, with strong regional content from Scotland to the South West of England.

The films are now preserved in the BFI National Archive with several films from the collection already available to watch for free in BFI Mediatheques, with more to be available soon. …

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