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Children's Film Foundation

The Children's Film Foundation was a non-profit-making organisation which made films for children in the United Kingdom, typically running for about 55 minutes. It was founded in 1951. For 30 years it was subsidised by the Eady Levy - a tax on box office receipts, but this was abolished in 1985. It made a few further films in the mid-1980s, by which time it had been renamed the Children's Film and Television Foundation. Many of its films, dating back to the 1960s, were shown on the BBC in the 1980s, in the Friday Film Special strand. It has made no films of its own since the mid-80s, but it survives under its revised name, and in recent years has provided funding for other projects.

In 2012 The Children's Film and Television Foundation changed its name and broadened its role to become the Children's Media Foundation.

Its archive is now curated by the British Film Institute.

Filmography (selected)

For a complete list see Filmography for the Children's Film Foundation

  • The Firefighters (1975)
  • Sammy's Super T-Shirt (1978)
  • Mauro the Gypsy (1972)
  • Cup Fever (1965)
  • Hide and Seek (1972)
  • The Battle of Billy's Pond (1976)
  • The Glitterball (1977)
  • The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)
  • Terry on the Fence (1985)
  • 4-D Special Agent (1981)
  • Tightrope to Terror (1982)
  • Cry Wolf (1968)
  • Fern the Red Deer (1976)
  • Paganini Strikes Again (1973)
  • A Hitch in Time (1978)
  • One Hour to Zero (1976)
  • Haunters of The Deep (1984)
  • Friend or Foe (1982)
  • The Stolen Plans (1953)
  • The Dog and the Diamonds (1953)
  • Soapbox Derby (1958)
  • The Adventures of Hal 5 (1958)
  • Hunted in Holland (1960)
  • The Last Rhino (1961)
  • Go Kart Go (1963)
  • Runaway Railway (1965)
  • Bush Christmas (1947)

External links

  • ScreenOnline entry for the CFF
  • ScreenOnline entry looking at some of the CFF's work
  • TV Cream's nearly complete listing of every CFF film
  • The Children's Film Foundation at the BFI
  • Listing of later work by the CFF


  • Rank Film Library 16 mm Catalogue, 1978, (pp183–193)

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