The BFI Player, designed and built by Ostmodern, has won a gold award for “Movie & Film”, and a bronze award for “Entertainment & Media Streaming,” at the Lovies 2016. The Lovie Awards honour innovation and creative excellence across all digital media, including: websites, online advertising, internet video, mobile, apps, and social.
The British Film Institute (BFI) is the lead body for film in the UK, with cultural, creative and industry roles. It is responsible for promoting and preserving films, and for supporting film-making in the country. It runs the BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX cinemas in London, as well as organises nationwide film festivals and events. The BFI Player is their video on demand (VoD) service which showcases over 2,000 titles, from classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive - all available across many devices, from mobile to smart TVs.
Ostmodern worked with the BFI to develop the strategy, design, and build of the first iteration of the BFI Player in late 2014. Since then, we have continued to work closely with the BFI to design and develop new features, initiatives and platforms. These include the Subscription VoD service “BFI Player +,” the BFI Player Smart TV App and “Britain on Film”, which curates the BFI’s historical film archive by location.
BFI Player was one of the first products built using SKYLARK, Ostmodern’s technical API framework for VoD services. Skylark fits in with the BFI’s internal systems but also allows BFI Player to integrate seamlessly with partners, all while providing the BFI team with sophisticated editing tools which make it easy to curate their content and demonstrate their passion for film. BFI Player works well because of its considered flexibility.
We believe that BFI Player remains fresh and inventive nearly two years after its launch, because we have continued to build on its development, working closely with the BFI teams who are exceptional in promoting their fantastic cinema content. These awards attest to that. At Ostmodern we are always looking at ways to improve the BFI’s VoD service, so watch this space.