Unlocking Film Heritage
Beautifully preserved films, capturing over 100 years of Northern Ireland on Film
The BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage is one of the biggest film archive projects ever undertaken. Working in tandem with a selection of the most significant film archive institutions throughout the UK, it aims - by the project's completion in 2017 - to digitise and make available 10,000 titles.
Northern Ireland Screen - through its Digital Film Archive - will focus on curating and making accessible film materials that tell our stories and the story of film in Northern Ireland. These materials will encompass the work of broadcasters, government departments, independent filmmakers and amateur cine enthusiasts.
By digitising our heritage we will ensure that the people of the UK, filmmakers, educationalists, researchers and other users can access and enjoy the full range of Northern Irish filmmaking, regardless of where they live or where that film heritage is held. This unprecedented access will transform our understanding of the shape, history and diversity of film and TV in Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.