Hitchcock regarded silent film as ‘the purest form of cinema’ and his own silent films recently formed the basis of the single biggest film heritage project ever undertaken by the BFI.


About the BFI

About the BFI
The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK, supporting film production, distribution, education and audience development. It cares for the BFI National Archive collection, and celebrates the best of British and international filmmaking through festivals, film restorations, film releases and cinema programming.

About the BFI National Archive
Established in 1935, the BFI National Archive is one of the largest film and television collections in the world. It contains nearly a million titles, dating from the birth of cinema to the 21st century, and boasts a significant collection of stills, posters and designs, original scripts, press books and related ephemera. Materials are carefully selected for preservation, restoration and interpretation, to ensure our collective film heritage can be enjoyed by future generations – in cinemas and in the home.

Grand Classics & the BFI
Since 2004, Grand Classics have been hosting special events in London and New York in aid of the BFI National Archive. Evenings with Kevin Spacey, Gwenyth Paltrow, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Ken Loach, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Mendes (to name a few!) have successfully raised funds in support of the BFI’s first class film restoration work. Projects to have benefitted from this partnership include Rescue the Hitchcock 9, the BFI’s landmark project to restore Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films.

Support the BFI
The BFI is a registered charity in the UK. It relies on the generosity of film lovers – individuals, trusts & foundations and corporate partners – to deliver its charitable activities. As such, it seeks support for its vital film restoration work: a complex, highly skilled, and expensive process. If you would like to find out more about how to support the BFI, you can click here or contact the BFI at supportus@bfi.org.uk. For US supporters, it is possible to support the BFI through its registered US charity, Friends of the British Film Institute. For more information, please click here.