The films can be borrowed for non-commercial screenings only. Copying the films on to video or other formats is against the law. Unlawful screenings are subject to prosecution. Screening rights cannot be granted to third parties. The screenings can be announced through individual mailing or via press releases in news/editorial sections. Commercial advertisements for the screenings are not permitted.
We can neither lend films to private persons nor can provide film projectors with operator. In exceptional cases, within a particular programming concept, local screenings can be organised in the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata.
The costs for transportation (both ways) have to be borne by the borrower and should preferably be handled by an official courier service. If the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan organises the transportation, an invoice for the transportation costs will be sent to the borrower. Films should be returned immediately after screening to:
Max Mueller Bhavan
German Filmarchive Southasia
8, Ballygunge Circular road
West Bengal / India
Please send in your booking request well in advance, at least one month prior to your screening date, including all relevant information on the booking form. Please return prints according to the dates mentioned on the booking form.
Each borrower is requested to fill out a compulsory form (provided with the film) indicating the number of screenings held and the number of people who attended. Any damages to a film print must be reported to us immediately, giving details of the damages.
16mm film prints are very sensitive and must be handled with care. In order to prevent damage, proper projection equipment is necessary. The equipment must be handled by qualified staff.
Borrowers are liable for damages to film prints during the borrowing period and will be charged for the accordingly. To prevent damage to the film prints during transportation, the films have to be properly rewound on spools and secured with the appropriate tape. Torn film portions must be fixed with professional splicing tape only. Under no circumstances should cello-tape be used for joining film strips. The Goethe-Institut reserves the right to refuse lending of films to those borrowers who cause damage to prints.
The Goethe-Institut reserves the right to refuse lending of films to any borrower who does not observe the conditions mentioned above. The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata will not be held responsible in the event that for some reason beyond its control a booking cannot be entertained. The source of the film(s) must be properly acknowledged, e.g by prominently mentioning „Film(s) courtesy: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata“ in all publicity and publications related to the screenings of the films. Logos are available upon request. The logo of the Goethe-Institut can be made available on request.
All institutions intending to borrow films have to first register by using the form on this website. Your institution will be issued a client number to be used for all future bookings. After registration you can book films from our collection.