Rights & Contracts Officer

British Film Institute


Salary: £30,141 - £35,622

The BFI is seeking a Rights & Contracts Officer to join the Rights & Contracts department, to research, validate and document rights information for videotape collections and to obtain permissions for the public access and commercial outputs of the BFI’s Heritage 2022 mass digitisation project.

Key Responsibilities
  • Working with Heritage 2022 Rights team to carry out extensive copyright and rights research on videotape collections, to analyse and report on legal requirements and other rules and regulations including those of guilds, unions, collection agencies and societies, and trade bodies.
  • To negotiate licences and permission with various rights holders to enable the BFI to make digitised videotape collections available in support of the delivery of the BFI’s Rights strategy to facilitate a programme of public access via BFI platforms and channels.
  • To record rights information on BFI databases and systems in line with BFI data standards, ensuring that copyright information is updated and amended when required and to create and maintain clear and comprehensive records relating to such research.
Skills & Experience
  • Demonstrable knowledge of: copyright law and principles, film and television rights and contracts (including music and guild or union matters), working with other IP rights, rights clearance and research.
  • An understanding of potential copyright, licensing and risk issues with mass digitisation.
  • Strong research skills; ability to formulate and carry out an effective search strategy.
About the BFI

We support diversity and inclusion, and as an organisation recognise that we need to address under representation within our teams. As such we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from our under-represented groups; who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or are ethnically diverse.

We guarantee a first interview to our under-represented groups who meet our minimum requirements. How we are doing, including our pay gaps can be found on our website.

We operate a hybrid working model at the BFI. Exact working arrangements for this role are to be agreed with the hiring manager.

You will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, excellent support for working parents, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.


Further details about the post can be obtained by viewing the job pack on the BFI website.

First interviews will be held on Tuesday 07 or Wednesday 08 June 2022.

The closing date for this position is 23/05/2022 at 00:00

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