Regional Film Archives worldwide

Regional Film Archives worldwide © Goethe-Institut / Loredana LaRocca

Liebe Filminteressierte,

in Kürze steht der neue verbesserte Filmkatalog zur Verfügung.

Bereich Film, Fernsehen, Hörfunk


During the past 50 years the Goethe-Institut has built up a central film archive in Germany, to support its non-commercial film activities abroad, along with 40 decentralised film archives located at selected Goethe-Instituts.

Since the films are produced on DVD each film archive automatically receives its own copy. In addition, the decentralised archives can provide advice and information to meet the individual needs of the customers and partners of the institute (festivals, film libraries, film clubs, universities, art house cinemas, etc.). The local archive managers are in charge of the decentralised film archives.

They are knowledgeable – sometimes very knowledgeable – about German film culture. They attend regular training sessions in Berlin, Leipzig and Hof, and are available for consultation.

The decentralised film archives have been operating for more than 40 years. Through their work, they have spread German films throughout the world in a quality and quantity inconceivable for other artistic media. They have kept alive the buzz on German cinema in the local film scenes where they operate around the world, and also outside the metropolises and major population centres.

Cultural Mediators outside of German speaking areas may borrow films with the help of our online film catalogue at their nearest Goethe-Institut film archive. The total supply comprises approximately 900 feature and documentary films.

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