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A British Film Institute

Nature volume 131, page 465 (01 April 1933) | Download Citation



THE joint committee of the Commission on Educational and Cultural Films and the bodies representing the film trade has now reached agreement on a scheme for the setting up of a British Film Institute. The general purpose of this Institute will be to encourage the use and development of the cinematograph as a means of entertainment and instruction. Among its specific objects will be to advise educational institutions and other organisations and persons as to sources and conditions of supply, types of films and apparatus; to promote and undertake research into the various uses of the film and of allied visual and auditory apparatus; and to maintain a national repository of films of permanent value. The Institute will have a membership based on subscription, and its government will be vested in a council representative in equal proportions of the film trade, educational interests and the general public. The membership of the governing council has not yet been completed, but it includes Sir Charles Cleland, Mr. A, C. Cameron and Mr. R. S, Lambert as representing the Commission on Educational and Cultural Films and Mr. Thomas Ormiston, M.P., Mr. C. M. Woolf and Mr. S. Eckman, as representing the film trade.

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