Accessing the collection

Collection online, at the cinema or at the exhibition. We are working on its availability every day.

on access to the collection

How do we make it accessible?

We make the collection available to the general and professional public.

Thanks to digitisation, licensing and distribution, we are still expanding the number of legally available Czechoslovak films. Thanks to the presentation of restored films at prestigious film festivals, we are spreading films all over the world. We curate exhibitions and shows. We publish research results in books, magazines and online.

Filmový přehled is mainly used to put all kinds of material from our collection into a broader context - so here you will find more articles, videos, interviews and other links. Those interested in researching at the NFA can use the Film Collections Department, the Study Room of the Department of film-related documents, the Library, and the Oral History Department.

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"Accessibility is the most visible part of our work and, in my opinion, its long-term goal. However, it is only possible thanks to the consistent and professional care of all those who make it possible to make it accessible in the first place."

Matěj Strnad

Head of the Curators' Department

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Why is disclosure important?

We take care of the collection mainly to keep it accessible - today and in the future. Only by being accessible can our heritage serve its purpose: it can be studied, understood and experienced in new ways, take on new meanings and reach new generations.


What, why, how and when do we make it available?

We strive to make as much of our collection as possible accessible to everyone. It doesn't matter if someone has a professional research interest or is just a fan of Czech cinema. There are many ways to make it available - we publish some films and other materials online ourselves, others we offer to other distributors or broadcasters, we also screen archive titles at the Ponrepo cinema and at cinemas and festivals around the world. The material we manage often appears in new audiovisual works or exhibitions. Other parts of our collection are available physically, in our study room, library or research room.


What, when and how do we digitise?

For us, digitization is mainly a way of making different parts of the collection accessible. But sometimes we also use it as a protective, preservation measure. We are gradually digitizing all parts of our collection - films, posters, photographs, but also archival documentation and sound recordings. We select materials and titles for digitization according to the demand and interest of the public and our partners, but also with regard to our own projects and activities.


Why isn't everything available free and online?

A large part of our collection consists of audiovisual works that are protected by copyright. Their authors, and therefore their heirs and heiresses, are entitled to fair remuneration for each use of these works. We respect their interests and claims in making the collection accessible. A large part of the fees collected are used for the operation of the archive itself, in particular the care of the collection, and, through the State Cinematography Fund, to support new films. Nevertheless, a number of films are already available online for free - these video portals are either funded by advertising or are research and scholarly portals funded by grants.



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