Regional Film Archives worldwide
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 39 decentralised film archives located at selected Goethe-Instituts.
The archive also has 23 film series (or “film packages”), each with 12 individual films in three different subtitle versions. All film series curated since 2005 no longer are produced in 16mm Format but exclusively on DVD with a minimum of 5 subtitles.
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.