The International Federation of Film Archives (also known as FIAF, its French acronym), has been dedicated to the preservation of, and access to, the world’s film heritage since 1938. It brings together the world’s leading non-profit institutions in this field. Its 173 affiliated film archives in 80 countries are committed to the rescue, collection, preservation, screening, and promotion of films, which are valued both as works of art and culture and as historical documents.



It is a non-profit organization established by Martin Scorsese, dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history by providing annual support for preservation and restoration projects at the leading film archives. Its board includes renowned filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alexander Payne, Ang Lee, and Peter Jackson amongst others.

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World Cinema Project is a program of The Film Foundation dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world- in particular, those countries lacking sufficient archival, technical and financial resources




Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna is an internationally recognized FIAF film archive with a multi-faceted mission ranging from film preservation and dissemination, training, research and publishing. In 2007 Cineteca organised the first FIAF Restoration School in Bologna, where it has regularly taken place every other year since then with participants from over 70 countries. Its annual festival Il Cinema Ritrovato is one of the most awaited venues for film historians, scholars and cinephiles all over the world.Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata have worked in partnership with entities and organizations world-wide, and completed over 800 restorations.

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L’Immagine Ritrovata is a highly specialized film restoration laboratory created and developed in Bologna (Italy) thanks to Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. A solid film knowledge, a long experience in the field – always supported by careful preliminary philological and technical research – the most up-to-date equipment covering all workflows, from photochemical to 4K technology, as well as a vast and diverse range of projects, make L’Immagine Ritrovata a leading laboratory in the field.

Today the group includes four branches: L’Immagine Ritrovata’s headquarters in Bologna, L’Image Retrouvée and Éclair Classics in Paris, Haghefilm in the Netherlands, and L’Immagine Ritrovata Asia in Hong Kong. L’Immagine Ritrovata is one of the main organizers of the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School, which has been taking place in Bologna since 2007 and will be held again in 2024. The school has been also hosted in Singapore (2013), Mumbai (2015), Buenos Aires (2017) and in Mexico City (2019).



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars®, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles. Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, documentation, exhibition and study of motion pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 and began acquiring film material in 1929. The Academy Film Archive, established in 1991, holds over 190,000 items, including all of the Academy Award®-winning films in the Best Picture category, all the Oscar®-winning documentaries and many Oscar-nominated films in all categories.



Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. The BFI National Archive was founded in 1935 and has grown to become the one of the largest and most important collections of film and television in the world with over 175,000 films and 800,000 television programmes.

The archive also boasts a significant collection of filmmakers’ papers as well as extensive stills, posters and production and costume designs along with original scripts, press books and related ephemera. The films in our collections are a fascinating record of the history, culture and art of filmmaking and TV production, as well as a document of daily life in the UK from the late 19th century to today. Our collections are an invaluable resource for researchers, students, filmmakers and TV producers, and we share the collections publicly through screenings, releases in cinemas and on DVD and Blu-ray and online.



One of the major film museums in the United States – the only one equipped for the projection of 35 mm nitrate film as well as a digital restoration laboratory. It is also the world’s largest repository on the history of cinema technology from Edison and Lumière to the Technicolor Archives and the first Pixar prototype.



Established in 1996, the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation is a two-year graduate program held in partnership with the University of Rochester. The course is also available as a one-year certificate program with intensive training in film chemistry and conservation, curatorship and cultural management.



Since 1984, The Criterion Collection, an important series of classic and contemporary films, has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Criterion’s library of director-approved DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs and Laser Discs are the most significant archive of contemporary film-making available to the home viewer.



In 1936, Henri Langlois, cinephile and visionary, created La Cinémathèque française in order to save films, costumes, sets, posters and other treasures of the cinema from their destruction. He was one of the first to consider cinema as an art to preserve, restore and show. Eight decades later, La Cinémathèque française unveils the cinema in a unique way thanks to exhibitions in the screening room and the museum, and one of the most important collections of cinema in the world. By its originality, its singularity and its size, this collection constitutes an inexhaustible resource for the study of art and film industry. Almost all countries are represented, from French, Italian, Soviet silent art, to Hollywood classics, to experimental and contemporary cinema. It is a unique collection, fragile, with extremely varied supports and delicate preservation, which is regularly enriched with exceptional pieces.

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The NFAI is the largest film archive in India. It is the principal custodian of one of the most prolific and diverse film patrimonies in the world. The NFAI’s Charter includes the promotion of film scholarship and research on cinema, furthering the global outreach of Indian cinema and showcasing the wealth of India’s cinematic legacy to audiences across the country.

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Films Division of India was established in 1948 to articulate the energy of a newly independent nation. For more than six decades, the organization has relentlessly striven to maintain a record of the social, political and cultural imaginations and realities of the country on film. It has actively worked in encouraging and promoting a culture of film-making in India that respects individual vision and social commitment. It is the main film-medium organization of the Government of India and is well equipped with trained film personnel, cameras, recording and editing facilities. This infrastructure is put to use to assist in-house as well as free-lance film makers and producers. In its archives, the Films Division of India holds more than 8000 titles including priceless INRs (Indian News Review), documentaries, short films and animation films.

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