Web resources for Film

Art Directors Guild

The ADG is comprised of Art Directors, Graphic Artists, Illustrators, Matte Artists, Model Makers, Scenic Artists, Set Designers and Title Artists. It is an international union spanning the United States and Canada, with more than 100,000 members which exclusively represents employees in the entertainment industry,




The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.



The BFI library catalogue

This database contains information collected by the BFI since 1933. It holds over 800,000 film titles – including television programmes, documentaries, newsreels, as well as educational and training films – and is updated daily.

Please check for your results using Library Search before you head into London though.



British Council Film

The British Council for Film is the link between UK films and filmmakers and new international audiences. Together with the British Council’s global network overseas they work to profile the innovation, diversity, creativity and excellence of British films around the world, and work to find opportunities for creative exchange between UK filmmakers and international counterparts.



British Artists Film and Video Database

This database is designed to assist research into British artists' film and video. It covers experimental and avant-garde film, video art, artists' television, gallery-based installations and other works that use moving image and audio-visual multimedia technologies, made by British and British-based artists.



British Cinematographer

British Cinematographer is Europe's No.1 magazine covering the art and craft of international cinematography. This title is endorsed by the British Society of Cinematographers, the Guild of British Camera Technicians, and IMAGO - the Federation of European Cinematographic Societies, whose combined membership is one the most influential in cinematography today.



British Film Institute

The BFI was founded in 1933. It is a charity which combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.



British Society of Cinematographers

The British Society of Cinematographer’s prime objective being to promote and encourage the highest standards in the art and craft of cinematography. Its membership is by invitation only and comprises talented and experienced cinematographers, many of whom have received Academy Awards and other accolades for their work.




The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive contains scanned images of reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents from the PFA Library's extensive collection covering world cinema, past and present.



The European Audiovisual Observatory

The Observatory collects and distributes information about the audiovisual industries in Europe. By making this information available, the Observatory aims at promoting greater transparency and a clearer understanding of the ways in which the audiovisual industries in Europe function, both from an economic and legal point of view. Some publications can be found in the library.



European Film Gateway

The EFG Portal gives you quick access to hundreds of thousands of historical film documents as preserved in European film archives, including photos, posters, programmes, periodicals, censorship documents, documentary films and newsreels.



Film Studies For Free

Film Studies For Free actively espouses the ethos of Open Access to digital scholarly material. It aims to promote good quality, online, film and moving-image studies resources by commenting on them, and by linking to them.



Internet Detective

A free online tutorial that will help you develop internet research skills for your university work. The tutorial looks at the critical thinking required when using the internet for research and offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of websites.



The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit organisation that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. It contains a collection of moving images, sound and other media covering a range of subjects.



Little White Lies

Little White Lies advertises itself as the world's most beautiful film magazine, which connecting you to the movies you love wherever you are.


Back issues are available from http://issuu.com/lwlies/docs



LUXONLINE is a web resource for exploring British based artists’ film and video in-depth. It is the single most extensive publicly available resource devoted to British film and video artists. Streaming video clips, new writings, past articles and biographies provide a comprehensive contextual background to the artists featured.



Media Industries Journal

The Media Industries Journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal that supports critical studies of media industries and institutions worldwide. Articles range across the full spectrum of the media industry, including film, television, internet, radio, music, publishing, gaming, advertising, and mobile communications.



Moving Image Gateway

This Gateway includes 1,700 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas.




MUBI is a curated online cinema bringing you cult, classic, independent, and award-winning movies. A subscription to MUBI is a passport to the world of cinema. Every day their film experts introduce you to a great film, and you have a whole month to watch it.



National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image

NAHEMI acts as a forum for debate on all matters pertaining to the teaching of practice in the Moving Image in Higher Education including the theory and history underpinning these practices.



National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning online Screening Room, featuring over 2,000 films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works. Films on this site can be streamed free of charge, or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee.



Scottish Screen Archive

The Scottish Screen Archive is Scotland's national moving images collection. It preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video.



Shooting People

Founded by filmmakers Jess Search and Cath Le Couteur, Shooting People started in the belief that the best way to get independent films made and out into the world was to learn from others doing it themselves.



Short Film Depot

A site for Film Directors, Producers, Distributors, Organizations and Schools to enter their films into the major festivals around the world using one single form.


Skillset Film

Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; they do this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow.




Soundtrack.Net is the authoritative source for news and information about composers, movies and television soundtracks, albums, and original scores.




TheatreVOICE is the leading site for audio content about British theatre, and features journalists from across the UK press and practitioners from across the theatre industry.



The Knowledge Online

The Knowledge helps you choose from over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers. It's frequently updated, free to use and you don't need to register (you can register to get lots of free extras though).



Journals and Magazines


Bright Lights Film Journal

Pop reviews and in-depth analyses of current and classic films from around the world.




Cineaste is one of America’s oldest film quarterlies. The focus on both the art and politics of the cinema distinguishes Cineaste from virtually every other contemporary film publication, an orientation complemented by the lengthier, in-depth nature of our articles, interviews, and reviews.

http://www.cineaste.com or

http://www.oaproxy.aub.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journalCode=cineaste for full-text access


Directory of Open Access Journals

The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.




Film-Philosophy is interested in the ways in which films develop and contribute to philosophical discussion. They particularly welcome articles that set up an active engagement between film studies and philosophy, thereby sustaining a thoughtful re-evaluation of key aspects of each discipline.



Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism

This journal’s aim is to create a forum for the range of analysis, debate and discussion that only a journal devoted to a detailed film criticism can adequately provide. They are committed to publishing rigorous but accessible critical writing, at a variety of lengths, that is responsive to the detailed texture and artistry of film and television, old and new.




Notebook is a digital magazine of international cinema and film culture provided by Mubi.com




Scope is a fully peer-reviewed online journal edited by staff and students in the Department of Culture, Film and Media and Institute for Screen Industries Research at the University of Nottingham. It provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of film and television history, theory and criticism.



Senses of Cinema

Founded in 1999, Senses of Cinema is one of the first online film journals of its kind and has set the standard for professional, high quality film-related content on the Internet.



The Soundtrack

The Soundtrack is a multi-disciplinary journal which brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving image media. A complex cultural, technological, industrial and artistic phenomenon, sound-with-moving image is a rich area for analysis, investigation and speculation.



Wide Screen Journal

Wide Screen is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of cinema, television and new media. Every issue includes a range of work, ranging of academic essays to film and book reviews, interviews etc., bringing together a variety of people with their varied interests.