Students and staff can now access BFI Player and stream hundreds of films for free!

BFI Player is a video on demand service from the British Film Institute, streaming acclaimed, landmark and archive films. Their subscription collection incorporates hundreds of films, which are free-to-view after registering through The University of Manchester Library.

Access to this service was previously limited to students and staff involved with modules where film was a foundational resource in teaching. The Library has recently opened up the platform to all staff and students across the University. Simply follow the ’ New User’ instructions ( in the ’Access Note’ under the link) to register for free access using your University email address. Once you’ve registered, head for the and sign in. Access is limited to the and free collections only.

Films on offer cover over a century of cinema, extending from Nosferatu (1922) to this year’s Oscar nominee, The Quiet Girl. In addition to the contemporary and the classic from across the globe ( Seven Samurai , Citizen Kane, L’Atalante ), there’s also a host of cult favourites, ranging from The Draughtsman’s Contract The Harder They Come La Haine, for you to watch.

In line with most streaming platforms new titles are added each month and some may drop off - so register and bookmark BFI Player for regular visits and viewings.