Institutional Collections

According to the registered files of the National Heritage Institute, the NFA has 84 collections from film institutions.

The NFA took control of the unprocessed collections from the archive of the Central Directorate of the Czechoslovak State Film Agency when it was liquidated in the early 1990s. The NFA in essence saved these unique archival files from destruction.

The first group of archival collections includes archived items (almost exclusively written documents) from the activities of film production and distribution companies and professional associations in the field of cinema up to 1945. The NFA has stored and processed among others the collections of significant production and distribution companies, such as Elekta, Lantern, Nationalfilm, and Bratři Deglové. An overview of processed collections and finding aids can be found at the Czech version of this page. The only collections that are catalogued as unprocessed collections are the Czech-Moravian Film Centre (1927 – 1955) and the Association of Premier Cinemas (1931 to 1939).

The second group of collections, which also contains almost exclusively written documents, are from the nationalized institutions of cinematography after 1945 – for example, The Czechoslovak Film Association (II), the Film Council, the Central Directorate of the Czechoslovak Film Centre and others. These collections are currently unprocessed and not usually accessible. However, for educational purposes you can ask the board of the archive for an exemption.

Archival records for research can be made available by the Department of Special Collections (OPA) at the NFA, located at Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1 (Konvikt area, 1st floor, Wednesday: 11am – 8 pm., Thursday, 9am – 6pm.). For details, on how to access archival records stored in the NFA are regulated by the NFA’s OPA Research Rules. According to the Act. no. 499/2004 on Collections, which deals with archives and standard services, as well as the amending certain laws, only archival materials older than thirty years can be made available, and that is from processed or partially processed collections. Unprocessed archival collections can be made available for educational purposes, but an exemption must be applied for – see above. The accessibility of archival materials is also limited by Act no. 101/2000 on Collections, on the protection of personal data and the amending of certain laws. In order to gain accessibility to archive of these institutional collections, it is absolutely necessary to discuss it first with the head of the NFA’s OPA Mr Tomas Lachman.