We support Ukraine remaining an independent nation and a world in which people from places that are silenced or under attack are safe and free to tell their stories through film and the moving image.

The BFI believes in artistic freedom, freedom of speech and film’s potential to critique power, unite people and inspire empathy across cultures and we will continue to programme both Ukrainian and independent Russian films and welcome those filmmakers to BFI Southbank, at BFI festivals and on BFI Player. We will also continue to share and give access to the BFI National Archive, and will work with FIAF to support the protection of Ukraine’s film heritage. However, while this situation continues we will not programme films or partner with organisations that are backed by the current Russian state.