Temporary Closing of the Film Archive and Film Distribution Services
During the summer months the DEFA 35mm film collection, comprising 19,000 cans of film, will move to a new Kinemathek storage space. Due to the work involved, 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 also 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.
Visitors by appointment only.
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
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