The British Film Institute has unveiled the BFI Player, a video-on-demand platform that will offer independent and specialized films to viewers. Supporting the UK’s film industry by offering new distribution opportunities whilst making great film accessible to the widest possible audience across the UK, the player will be available nationwide from the 9 October.
The BFI Player’s offers a mix of free and pay-per-view content and includes over 1,000 items, including hundreds of feature films. A mix of 7 new channels, or ‘collections’, including behind-the-scenes at the Festival, contemporary and archive films – including GOTHIC and Cult cinema – and, for the first time ever, the full 28 hours of rare Edwardian film footage from filmmakers Mitchell and Kenyon will be available for view.
“The launch of the BFI Player is a defining moment in the BFI's 80 year history – it will unlock the past, present and future of British film and, most importantly, offers a new deal for UK audiences by ensuring that as many people as possible across the UK get access to great films. I’m really excited about the BFI Player’s potential. The BFI is pivotal to identifying great films and nurturing and giving a voice to great filmmakers in the UK and now offers a platform to take these stories out to whole new audiences,” said Greg Dyke, BFI Chair.
Special events will be a feature of the BFI Player, with the BFI revealing that Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant will launch on the BFI Player simultaneously with its UK theatrical release on 25th October, and the BFI restoration of The Epic Of Everest (1924) will launch on the BFI Player on the same day as its première at the BFI London Film Festival and UK cinema release on 18th October.
DTG Staff | 02.10.2013