The UK Film Council (UKFC) has launched the film search engine in a response to audience needs in the digital age.

The engine enables users to find out when, where and how a film is legally available anywhere in the UK, across all formats and platforms - cinema, TV, DVD & Blu Ray sale or rental, download and streaming.

Working with digital agency Blue Barracuda, the UKFC has created a free to use site which indexes over 30,000 film records.

Based on Google search appliance technology the site aggregates data from over 1,200 different sources. The site will be updated on a daily basis.

All genres of film are covered and the site contains films in over 60 different languages ranging from English to Hindi and Cantonese.

Peter Buckingham, head of distribution and exhibition at the UK Film Council, said: 'This new site is a response to the digital world. It is going to transform how consumers find the films they want to watch.

' does exactly what it says on the tin and is the fastest place to find a film to watch in any format, if it's legally available in the UK.'

The site also allows users to click straight through from a chosen film to the cinema or retailer website where they can book a seat or buy the film.

Other features include trailers for films, details about new and coming soon films and most popular searches - across all formats. The engine also alerts users as soon as a chosen film becomes available in the UK in a particular format.

DVD and Blu-ray retailers will pay a fee for any products that are bought by users who come through to their websites from the search engine, as will companies who advertise on the site. Revenue earned will be put back into the site.