Národní filmový archiv, Prague
The mission of Národní filmový archiv (NFA) is to preserve cinema heritage, to further its public understanding and to facilitate the development of the Czech audio-visual industry and film culture.
The NFA is one of the 10 oldest and largest film archives in the world. It was set up in 1943 and in 1946 became a member of the International Federation of Film Archives – FIAF. In 1997 it became a founding member of the Association of European Film Archives and Cinematheques, ACE (Association des Cinémathéques Européenes).
The NFA is one of the Czech Republic´s most significant institutions of memory; in addition to performing its archival role, it manages Czech films and is engaged in scientific and publishing activities, exhibition and promotion of film heritage and support of contemporary Czech cinema. Since 2011, the NFA has been involved in major digitisation projects (Markéta Lazarová, The Firemen´s Ball, All Good Compatriots, Closely Watched Trains).
The NFA coordinates the Creative Europe Desk and the Media Sub-programme.
Currently, the NFA takes care of more than 150 million metres of film, more than 500,000 photos, over 30,000 posters, and 100,000 promotional materials. Archival collections and a film library serve professionals engaged in scientific research and are a source of information and materials for contemporary audio-visual production. In the years 1965 – 2008 the NFA preserved nearly 24 million metres of film copied from highly flammable stock.
The Národní filmový archiv, Prague offers:
- access to Czech (Czechoslovak) film materials and special collections, including technical cooperation, e.g., researching materials relating to people and specific themes,
- voluntary deposits of existing or newly created cinematographic works, free deposits of reproductive and preservation material to permanent archival care,
- access to collections as part of school and educational screenings or other academic and scientific activities,
- professional consultations or expert cooperation on Czech and international projects in the field of preservation, processing, cataloguing, research, theory and history of film and film archiving,
- publishing activities,
- film educational programmes,
- representation of Czech cinema at major markets and international festivals,
- dissemination of information about funding options offered within the MEDIA financial programme.