Blackhawk Films®

High end film services and distribution

Blackhawk Films® as we know it today is the fruit of a rich and exciting story that is now almost 100 years old. It started with Film Advertising in 1927, then continued its success in the Home Distribution Market where the company earned its reputation. Since the late 80’s and thanks to David Shepard, Blackhawk Films® started to focus on the preservation and the restoration of its own collection.

In 2000, after years of fruitful collaboration, Blackhawk Films® joined forces with the Lobster Films Group (Paris, France). In 2019, the company opened a new facility in Burbank, CA, where it offers high end film services to customers as well as continuing to work on the Blackhawk and Lobster Films collection. Alongside our digital lab, our team also works on the distribution of the collection, including screening licenses and clip sales.

Digital Services

Digitization for Picture and Sound

For more than 35 years, Blackhawk Films® and the Lobster Films Group have been restoring and working on film and audiovisual content. We offer a wide variety of services. Our experienced team is at your service to provide the highest quality work for both Picture and Sound.

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Digitization for Picture and Sound
Since 1990

Digital restoration for Picture and Sound

We provide digital restoration for Picture up to 4K and Sound. Since 1990, we have restored thousands of features. We are specialized in handling very complex projects and highly damaged films.

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Digital restoration for Picture and Sound
Are you planning a screening?

Screening Licenses

Our extensive catalog comprises thousands of titles. We provide the rights and material for features, shorts and documentaries.

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Looking for stock footage?

Clip Sales

You can find almost everything in our vast collection of 8000+ hours. We happily provide clips for all forms of usage (advertising, documentary, features…). Research is provided for free.

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Blackhawk Films®


New Restoration

The Black Pirate World Premiere

October 15, 2023

Douglas Fairbanks 1926's The Black Pirate returns in a Technicolor restoration handled by Blackhawk Films for MoMA, using materials from the BFI collection.
More information about the restoration here.

New DVD Release

French Revelations

October 24, 2023

Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films® Collection are proud to present a pair of newly remastered, or otherwise unavailable French rarities, Fanfare d’amour (1935) and Mauvaise Graine (1934), now beautifully restored and presented in a brand-new Flicker Fusion Blu-ray Disc edition.

Laurel & Hardy: Year One

The Newly Restored 1927 Silents

July 25, 2023

It took three years to gather all the surviving prints of these shorts, compare them shot by shot and give them the best digital restoration possible. Today, these invisible films look as young as they did 95 years ago. A world premiere for all the Laurel and Hardy fans.

Treasures from the Academy Film Archive

National Film Archive of JAPAN

January 23, 2023

If you are near Tokyo, don't miss the double screening of "Black and Tan" and "Movie making in Japan". Two features newly restored by BLACKHAWK FILMS.

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Julien Duvivier in the 1920s

"Best Box Set" Honor

June 30, 2022

The BluRay Collection of Julien Duvivier in the 1920s, released in collaboration with Flicker Alley and Lobster Films, received the Il Cinema Ritrovato 2022 DVD Awards "Best Box Set" Honor.

In Search for Originals

Blackhawk Films Bulletins


The USC Hefner Moving Image Archive digitized almost all of the original Blackhawk Films bulletins. We are still looking for copies of the missing issues. Take a look at the collection following the link below.

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