General information

Partial Closing of the Film Archive

Due to a reorganization of our databases and a general inventory – required as a result of numerous moves between storage facilities – the Film Archive must reduce its services beginning on January 1, 2015, most likely until the end of 2015. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer film screenings, excerpts, copying or digitalization services for either on-site or off-site users during this time period. We appreciate your understanding.
Work being carried out within the context of the digitalization offensive supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media is not affected by these restrictions. Contracting parties and depositers will also continue to have unhindered access to their materials. Storage of copyright (legal) deposits provided in the course of film promotion will also be processed as usual. And film distribution to cinemas will be maintained.
As of January 1, 2016, we will be available to you again with a considerably improved catalogue and our full range of services.


General Information

The mission of the Film Archive department is to collect, index, restore and preserve national and international film productions. At present the collection includes 13,000 titles – productions from 1895 to the present: feature films, documentaries, experimental films, home movies and animations.

The collection does not aim at completeness. Rather, the films are selected as examples of artistic works and historical documents – and of the medium’s development.

The collection forms the basis for exploring film. Films which have been preserved are available for screenings in movie theaters or can be viewed for research purposes.

Films can be borrowed from the Film Distribution department or be booked for on-site viewings.

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