British Film Institute aims to preserve UK film heritage by digitizing 10,000 movies

BFI Film Forever

As part of its ambitious “Film Forever” project, the British Film Institute today announced plans to digitize 10,000 British films over the next five years. The BFI hopes bringing these selections to the digital medium will introduce the UK’s exhaustive film heritage to new audiences, and it’s giving the public an opportunity to help assemble the final list of movies. You’ll be able to watch this content in a variety of ways: both free and paid options will be offered on the web, YouTube, and unspecified video-on-demand services. It’s also partnering with Samsung for an app on the manufacturer’s Smart TV platform, though a full-fledged BFIPlayer isn’t expected to arrive until sometime later.

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