BBC Film

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


BBC Film (formerly BBC Films) is the film division of the British Broadcasting Corporation, which was founded in 1990.

BBC Films

1st Logo (18 July 1990)

Visuals: On a black background, the BBC's coat of arms zooms out and settles itself in the centre. After this happens, the white text "A BBC Films Production" types itself in underneath.

Technique: Simple animation.

Audio: None.

Availability: This can be seen on Antonia & Jane.

2nd Logo (10 November 1990-10 September 1997)

Visuals: It's just a white box with "FILMS" under the 1988 BBC logo of the time, in the closing credits.

Technique: A still, printed image.

Audio: The closing theme of the movie or none.

Availability: Seen on pre-1997 BBC movies.

3rd Logo (3 April 1998-18 January 2002)

Visuals: A live-action flame bursts from the left side of the screen. A bright yellow splash appears and creates the 1997 BBC logo with "Films" next to it.

Technique: Live-action.

Audio: Wind chime sounds accompanied by several violin-like notes.

Availability: Seen on I Went Down and the UK release of Billy Elliot, among other films.

4th Logo (9 May 2003-21 September 2007)

Visuals: A huge explosion occurs, leaving white particles. The 1997 BBC logo with "F I L M S" or "Films" next to it appears.

Technique: Live-action.

Audio: An ethereal whoosh and a dreamy string piece.

Availability: Seen on all films from the era.

5th Logo (9 March 2007-22 September 2020)

Visuals: A blue light opens in the centre, leaving white particles flying everywhere. Three plates of the 1997 BBC logo zoom in, rotating in the process. The word "FILMS" zooms in.


  • An in-credit version was seen at the end of their films.
  • In 2015, "25 YEARS" was added below the logo.
  • On Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie, the logo moves from the top right to its usual position at the end of the 2013 Universal Pictures logo.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A mellow string tune with drumbeats.


  • It was seen on feature films that the company produced until 2020 such as Eastern Promises.
  • The logo made its last appearance on Supernova.
  • This logo appears at the beginning of their films when aired on BBC channels, although this never appeared on the actual prints of some movies like Starter for 10.
  • Surprisingly, this logo is also seen after the Fox Searchlight Pictures logo and before the DNA Films logo whenever the BBC airs The History Boys and Far From The Madding Crowd, as the actual prints don't have this logo until the end credits.

BBC Film

Logo (11 February 2021-)

Visuals: On a black background, the camera rotates around the current BBC Film logo, which consists of the 1997 BBC logo and the bold text "FILM" below it. All of the parts are raised up with invisible blocks of different sizes, but the logo is left in 2D when the camera faces the top of them.

Variant: At the end of films, a smaller still version is used.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: The opening theme of the movie.

Availability: It first appeared on Can't Get You Out of My Head and The Mauritanian, and will appear on all upcoming productions from them. However, this does not appear as an opening logo on Triangle of Sadness, and is instead in the closing credits of the film.

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