Deutsches Film-Institut – DIF
"50 years of continual collecting and evaluation: that is the true asset that benefits users of the DIF. They can also rely on detailed and individual consultation and advice." (Claudia Dillmann)
The "Deutsche Institut für Filmkunde" (DIF) (the German Institute for Film Sciences) was founded in Wiesbaden in 1949. The collection was expanded in 1952 to include an archive, and took on its present form in 1956. Since 1984 the institute has been located in Franfurt's 'museum mile' along the banks of the River Main, next to the Deutsches Filmmuseum and the Frankfurt Kommunales Kino (Frankfurt's municipal cinema). Only the film archive remains in Wiesbaden. In 1998 the institute was renamed "Deutsches Filminstitut -- DIF."
Alongside the library and periodicals archive, the text archive includes large collections of material and a documentation department. The library's holdings can be searched online. Some materials in the film archive collection can be borrowed for non-commercial purposes. Information material on the films is available online. The image archive includes photos related to German films and films shown in the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945 (including American films).
The DIF organises goEast, a festival for films from central and eastern Europe held every April in Wiesbaden.
Head of institute: Claudia Dillmann.
The institute's activities are supported by the foundation "Freunde des Deutschen Filminstituts."