National Media Museum blog

We explore the science, technology and art of the still and moving image, and its impact on our lives.

BAF is back for 2014 and we’re looking for your submissions

We’re now into our 21st year and the search for the best international selection of animated films continues. That search could involve your film so here’s how you can submit for this year’s festival.

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Will you be on our walls when Only in England opens here on Friday?

A visitor to the exhibition spotted herself in a Tony Ray-Jones photo. So what will happen when Martin Parr’s Calder Valley work comes back to Yorkshire?

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BIFF 2014 European and Shine Short Competition winners

After suitably dutiful deliberations, our juries have delivered the verdicts on the 2 competitive sections at Bradford International Film Festival 2014.

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Memories of BIFF part 3: BFI’s Amanda Nevill – “It was an audacious move.”

Head of the Museum at the time of the very first BIFF, Amanda Nevill recounts the early years of the festival and what role it plays in the industry today.

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

P is for The Pencil of Nature… a wonderful illustration of necromancy

Talbot’s ‘picture book’ is a manifesto for photography, a polemic, an advertisement, a bid for posterity, a chronicle of the past and a vision of the future.

March 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Memories of BIFF part 2: John Hurt – “Wonderful that it’s the 20th BIFF”

As he recalls his visit in 2010, Lifetime Achievement Awardee John Hurt reflects on Bradford’s cinematic heritage and the British voice in the film industry.

March 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

This photograph of a spring scene is not quite what it seems

Image manipulation has been around longer than you might think – the compositing and shading techniques employed here were the precursors of Photoshop.

March 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Looking for Light: Jane Bown, Calvary and Believe added to BIFF 2014

Bradford International Film Festival co-director Tom Vincent announces three additions to the festival’s Official Selection. Tickets are on sale now.

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

The last remaining Scophony TV receiver high speed scanner motor?

Iain Baird reveals the technology behind our latest television collection acquisition, and explains why the Scophony television scanner is not to be scoffed at.

March 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Silent film pianist Neil Brand and the first great western at BIFF

Ahead of the world premiere of Hell’s Hinges on 3 April, Neil Brand tells us about performing with the Dodge Brothers, and his love for the sound of cinema.

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Daily Herald published the effects of economic depression in the 1930s

While our politicians, papers and commentators fall on either side of the food bank debate, we look back at poverty and charitable welfare in the 1930s.

March 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Vest Pocket Kodak was the Soldier’s Camera

Ahead of his appearance on BBC Four tonight demonstrating ‘The Soldier’s Kodak’, Colin Harding reveals more about this 100 year old compact camera.

March 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

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