Our purpose

At the BFI we are driven by a collective purpose:

We believe society needs stories. Film, television and the moving image bring them to life, helping us to connect and understand each other better. We share the stories of yesterday, search for the stories of today, and shape the stories of tomorrow.

This purpose is built on:


The moving image brings stories to life, helping us all see the world through different lenses – so that we can understand each other better.


We stand for choice and difference. We champion over 100 years of the moving image in all its forms to create the greatest possible choice, access and opportunity for all.


We work to keep screen culture vibrant. We drive the industry forward, inspire the artistic evolution of future talent, and expand the possibilities of storytelling.


We help people get more out of their screen culture. We place it at the heart of our cultural lives for all to discover and delight in, and use it to teach us about the past, present and future.


We use the transformative power of screen culture for social good. We tell stories and start conversations that bring people and communities closer together.