About BFI Player

BFI Player is a video on demand service from the British Film Institute, streaming acclaimed, landmark and archive films.

These are available for rent, for subscription or for free. The placement and availability of films is dependent on rights agreements with licensors.

We want to help users see something different - so we focus on British and European independent films, as well as international releases.

We reflect the BFI’s wider cultural mission, complementing its seasonal programming of our UK venues, film distribution and DVD/Blu-ray publishing strands.


About the BFI

Founded in 1933, the British Film Institute (BFI) is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

Screen Culture / 2033 is our ten-year strategic plan to shape the BFI’s next chapter for film, television and the moving image.

As the lead body for film in the UK, we have the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and world cinema

  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations

  • Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK

  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work

  • Promoting British film and talent to the world

  • Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

The BFI is a government arm's-length body and distributor of National Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by the government

  • By providing National Lottery and government funds for film across the UK

  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK