Unlocking Film Heritage
Unlocking Film Heritage is one of the most significant film archive projects ever undertaken and encompasses the British Film Institute National Archive and the regional and national Screen Archives of the UK. With its Digital Film Archive recognised by the BFI as a ‘Significant Collection’ of moving image material, Northern Ireland Screen - in partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland - has worked to ensure that Northern Ireland is represented amongst the material selected and digitised as part of the project.
The goal of the programme is to ensure that the public – be they filmmakers, educationalists, researchers, or other users - can access and enjoy the full range of our rich screen heritage. The films digitised as part of the Unlocking Film Heritage fund includes a wealth of undiscovered content about Northern Ireland; stories of local areas and people that make the ordinary extraordinary and uncover a hidden history of the region on film, from urban architecture to rural landscapes, festivals to famous visitors.
All the material that is digitised will be made free-to-access in a variety of ways, be it online via the Digital Film Archive and BFI Player, or through incorporation into the Digital Film Archive partner network and associated education and outreach programmes.