The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK.

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. Under the Royal Charter, the BFI has five objectives:

  • To encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the UK
  • To promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners
  • To promote education about film, television and the moving image generally, and their impact on society
  • To promote access to and appreciation of the widest possible range of British and world cinema
  •  To establish, care for and develop collections reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the UK.

BFI’s 2022 strategy has three strategic priorities over the next 5 years:

  • Future Audiences
  • Future Learning and Skills
  • Future Talent