Let’s hear it for the badass buddies, inseparable gal-pals and the wisecracking girl gangs of cinema.
A selection from the nominees and winners, past and present, honouring the world’s most inventive storytellers.
A country once divided produces filmmakers of uncommon talent, storyteller reflecting the human story through national identity.
Cinema can be sharpest at its edge. This year’s chart has small stories told well, and grand adventures that magnetise…
Stories with hunger, lust and courage, adventures from the community to rouse and inspire…
France, the country where cinema was born, has given us some of the masters of cinema.
Unmissable films from an essential source: the world’s wisest film magazine, whose annual list sets the standard.
Camp controversies and obscure outsiders: Cult Cinema champions the underground unloved and the fervently rediscovered.
Welcome to a place for zingers and sass, from marmots and swearwolves to darker things.
Where the male ego is dissected and God's daughter can rewrite the rules.
Striking, ambitious and delicious: the best indie films from the UK & around the world are showcased in this eye-popping collection of nominees & winners from the British Independent Film Awards.
Who Can You Trust?
Trust few and fear all in a collection of films packed with paranoia and conspiracy.
The home of LGBT film on BFI Player, with features, shorts and exclusives.
Great films incite, others vex, a few elate. From pre-war to the present day, these remarkable works by international women directors do all that and more.
A place to meet the world's top films and their creators, the BFI London Film Festival represents global cinema at its deep, diverse best.
US independent films made away from the pressures and glitz of Hollywood have offered directors a greater creative freedom.
This colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.
Mischievous mermaids, murderous minors and military mayhem are among the highlights of this collection of long hard-to-see titles.
How has cinema approached sex? Leave your inhibitions at the door and find out.
This collection showcases a selection of hard-to-see features that are unavailable to watch anywhere else (legally) in the UK.
Films for kids have changed dramatically over the last 100 years, as seen in this family-friendly collection.
Discover a rich history reaching back over a century as we celebrate South Asian communities and culture across Britain.
Behind the canvas with a movie camera: you can almost smell the turpentine in these fascinating portraits of artists at work.
From Victorian voyeurism to Soho striptease: how a hidden film industry emerged to satisfy the sexual appetites of (male) viewers.
Described as 'the best of us' by Stephen Frears, Alan Clarke was the most radical and uncompromising of the generation of directors who forged their careers on British TV.
Cinema’s perpetual provocateur has been inciting audiences for over half a century. From his early shorts to his most recent feature, we chart the advances of film's most enduring revolutionary.
Obscenity and poignancy fuse in the work of this Spanish legend, whom Pauline Kael declared was "Godard with a human face – a happy face."
Literature has inspired some of the greatest films ever made.
From the Free Cinema movement to today’s Lottery Film Fund, this collection is a selection of titles made by outstanding talent, and supported by UK public money.
The camera flips inward to film the creative process. Watch rarities, exclusives, documentaries and special features from the artists and obsessives who make the films.
Celebrating the diversity of Indian filmmaking and films about India.
Punk’s mad parade burnt bright and quick, feeding on the public’s limitless love of disgust. Works from Julien Temple and Captain Zip immerse you in the movement, with music from The Undertones and more.
Long linked to flesh and pleasure, London’s infamous district merits a closer look. Here you’ll find jazz clubs, garrets, lewdness and lidos.
The UK’s biggest ever celebration of black screen talent, shining a spotlight on the charisma and creativity of trailblazing performers.
An eccentric excursion to the furthest fringes of youth culture and alternative lifestyles, as captured in archive film and TV.
From the 1930s Golden Age to the urgent, socially conscious cinema of Jia Zhangke, Chinese cinema contains many riches to discover.
Films to fall in love with. Films to break your heart.
Take a trip around the blazing worlds of sci-fi as we undock a blockbuster celebration of this most spectacular of movie genres.
Celebrate the Cannes Film Festival with our collection of major prize-winners and contenders from previous festivals.
Legends are minted and careers defined by the Academy Award, a tiny golden statue of incomparable significance.
Cinema's big beasts assemble in our most popular rentals of the last 12 months.
If you seek lazy reboots and prequels, go elsewhere. These films dabble in the distinctive, be it real-life stories, potent dramas or history with a twist. They show the wild diversity of films and their creators, and they indicate a medium in rude health.
Potent, imaginative and rewarding: our pick of the year…
Britain’s most garlanded working filmmaker has been an unyielding presence for half a century, rattling authorities and raging against injustice from the campaigning Cathy to Come to his two Palmes d’Or.
Comedy gold from the UK’s only international comedy film festival.
To mark this year's Refugee Week, BFI and Counterpoints Arts have compiled a collection of films that explore refugee experiences in the past and present and across different parts of the world.
All the world's a cinema! How a century and more of filmmakers have raided, remade and refashioned the bard.
A young film industry just settling into its own home - the cinema - found itself enlisted to record, report and dramatise a war unlike any other.
Personal, powerful and lyrical, this is where music and film collide, a meeting place for rock biopics, probing documentaries, groundbreakers and old stagers.
Europe’s largest South Asian film festival is now online. Discover the best independent Indian cinema, from features and documentaries to on-stage highlights from the festival itself.
Gothic horror and romance tales feed on our darkest fears and desires, and conjure the creatures of the night into being.
Bathed in blood and often shaded in blonde, the work of our most revered director is vivid proof of how film can awe.
Uncommon terror – and a few laughs – links them, and they show vintage names such as Dario Argento and Hammer Films, alongside perverse visions minted much recently. Served chilled.
Jewish life on screen: a century of insights and hidden histories