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Temporary Closing of the Film Archive and Film Distribution Services

The Film Archive and Film Distribution Service will be closed from July 1 – September 30, 2018, due to extensive inventorization and related work on the archives and film distribution collections. During this period we will not be able to offer a number of regular services to either in-house or outside users, including the loan of copies, screenings, film excerpts, copying and digitization. Replies to inquiries and requests will be subject to much longer delays. Requests for copies and materials for use during the temporary closing period must be submitted by June 1st so that they can be processed before the archives close.

Exceptions to this closing: The DEFA Film Distribution Service will maintain its services without restrictions. Work carried out in the context of the digitization offensive of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) is also not affected by the restrictions. Contractual partners and depositors using film storage will continue to have unhindered access to their materials. Any submissions of copies for storage, in compliance with the mandatory film copy requirements for federally funded films, will also be processed as usual.


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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 Rather, the films are selected as examples of artistic works and historical documents – and of the medium’s development.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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