Prime Focus has been chosen, as one of six partners, to provide its film handling, transfer and digitisation skills to the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage (UHF) project.
The UFH Project, funded by the National Lottery, forms a key part of the BFI’s five-year plan in which the organisation pledged to invest in film preservation, digitisation and interpretation. UFH aims to deliver access for the public to the archives held by the BFI, national and regional archives and other key rightsholders.
“At last a film project that not only will preserve the films for the future, but also but also give the public access to the BFI’s unique collection and many of the wonderful films from major rights holders of British film and the significant collections made up of national and regional archives,” commented archive and restoration specialist Martin Rogers. “Prime Focus are very proud to be a key player in this adventure.”
Head of content services and restoration Jo Griffin, added, “Prime Focus are big advocates for restoring and preserving film for future generations. It’s an honour for Prime Focus to work on such a prestigious project with the BFI. Holding a long standing relationship with the BFI we have been involved in the planning and execution of this unique project, and are working closely with them at every stage to ensure that these precious films are preserved as faithfully as possible.”
With the UHF project, BFI intends to ‘stimulate a renewal of interest in our shared history as captured on film. We will ensure that the people of the UK, filmmakers, educationalists, researchers and other users can access and enjoy the full range of their rich screen heritage, regardless of where they live or where that heritage is held.’