Temporary Closing of the Film Archive and Film Distribution Services
In summer 2019 the DEFA 35mm film collection, comprising 19,000 cans of film, will move to a new Kinemathek storage space. The Film Archive and Film Distribution departments will be closed from June 1 ‒ August 30, 2019.
In this period we will not be able to offer regular services to either in-house or outside users, including loans of copies, screenings, extracting film clips, or copying. Replies to inquiries and requests will be subject to delays.
Requests for copies and materials to be used during the temporary closing period must be received before May 15th, so that they can be processed before the closing takes place.
DEFA distribution of DCPs and DVDs, as well as DEFA licensing, will be maintained without 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.
Our film distribution library encompasses over 20,000 German and international productions ranging from 1895 to the present. This service is open to cinemas, festivals and museums. Our catalog includes silent film classics, avant-garde films and German cinematic hits from the 1950s as well as works from German auteurs. Our collection also houses films from the circle of signatories to the Oberhausen Manifesto of 1962, works of artistic documentary films and all films produced by the DFFB, the Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (German Film and Television Academy of Berlin). Our distribution library also contains the entire film collection from the DEFA studios: feature films and documentaries created in the GDR (former East Germany) between 1946 and 1990, as well as numerous editions of the "Augenzeuge" newsreel and film classics from then-socialist countries.
Our film loan database contains information on roughly 20,000 films. It is currently available only in German. To our film loan database