Last month, Lancaster University announced a partnership with the British Film Institute, becoming ‘one of a select number of universities’ to do so, a statement on the university’s website read.
It continued: ‘As part of this agreement, all staff and students are able to redeem their own subscription to the award-winning BFI Player. With access to hundreds of British, world and classic cinema titles, they can search collections including Black Stories, BFI Flare LGBTQIA+, Japanese cinema and visionary directors, and also access over 12,000 archive shorts and features from the BFI national and regional archives spanning the past 120 years. This is an exceptional addition to the Library’s streaming media services, Box of Broadcasts and Kanopy.’
Details of the partnership also included ‘possibilities for masterclasses on film and television journalism, field trips to the BFI archive in London, along with industry placements and work experience opportunities. Initially, two events are planned for early 2023: a Journalism Masterclass on 22nd February, and a BFI Careers Day on 8th March (more details available soon).’
The BFI Player currently hosts classics such as Elem Klimov’s Come and See, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and a host of other arthouse gems. Students can sign up by following this link and the instructions under the section ‘BFI Player’.