The British Film Institute has announce plans to digitize thousands of British films as part of a larger effort to preserve British film heritage and promote growth in the British film industry.
BFI on Wednesday announced Film Forever, an initiative that aims to drive industry growth and build a larger audience for British film. This includes plans to invest in education, British film-making, and heritage. The heritage portion of the Film Forever program includes plans to digitize 10,000 British films, dubbed the BFI 10K, between now and 2017. There will also be a public vote to decide which films should be digitized.
The Film Forever initiative also includes more money for the production and development of UK films, and a partnership with Samsung for a Smart TV app giving exclusive BFI content, including behind the scenes at the BFI London Film Festival. BFI said it will launch a UK wide road-show to start implementing the plan across the country, throughout November. The road shows are open to everyone and will stop in Glasgow, Derry/Londonderry, Salford, Birmingham, Gateshead, Nottingham, Bristol and Cardiff.