Please contact us prior to your visit to determine whether access is available to the specific film materials you are seeking.
The Film Archive of the Deutsche Kinemathek contains works from all eras of German and international filmmaking. This includes examples from all genres of feature and documentary films as well as experimental, ephemeral and amateur films such as home movies, advertising spots and trailers.
Our collection is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather offer a curated survey for film researchers and the general public. The collection places a special focus on works from the early days of film, films from Berlin production companies, artistic documentary films, films from students at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB), films from the Neue Deutsche Film wave of the 1960s and the “Berliner Schule” of the 1990s. Beyond this, attention is given to films that are not collected elsewhere in Germany and hence whose preservation is threatened.
Wherever the individual films of our collection have been secured as copies, duplicates or otherwise captured digitally, they are available for viewing in-house or can be arranged for presentations through our film loans department. Numerous other films are available in video formats for in-house viewing by visitors.
An initial overview of our holdings can be found in our film loans database (available only in German). To our film loan database
Online presentations in our digital collection
The Making of F. W. Murnau’s ‘Tabu’ – The Outtakes EditionTo the online edition
17,500 meters of outtakes and extensive materials related to the making of Murnau’s ‘Story of the South Seas’
DFFB ArchiveMore information
Nearly fifty years of history at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) are now online: our DFFB archive website hosts full-length films, interviews with people who made or experienced events firsthand and a broad range of relevant supporting documents.
Lost FilmsMore information
“Lost Films” is an internet portal aimed at collating information and documents on films that are considered lost. More than 3,500 titles are available for research.
European Film GatewayMore information
The EFG Portal gives you quick and easy access to hundreds of thousands of film historical documents as preserved in European film archives and cinémathèques.