National film archive receives £25m cash boost

  • 18 October 2007

The British Film Institute (BFI) will receive £25 million for its national archive which contains more than half a million hours of film and TV.

Culture Secretary James Purnell announced the funding package, just hours before the BFI launches the London Film Festival.

‘From the earliest newsreels to CinemaScope to 3D, the BFI archive is one of the greatest collections of film and TV in the world,’ he said.

‘It is vital that we safeguard its future.’

The collection - which contains over 275,000 films, 210,000 TV episodes and seven million photographs - was established in 1935.

The cash will help restore reels which are deteriorating.

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