The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations.
Film reels, digital materials and document collections are held in custom- built, climate- controlled vaults designed for the long- term storage of archival materials.
The material we safeguard is historically, socially and culturally invaluable and provides a unique visual record of the development of modern Ireland, with collections that span from1897 to the present day. Our collections aim to reflect the many facets of indigenous moving image production and the type of material we preserve includes newsreels, feature films, home movies, travelogues, advertisements and documentaries, amongst others. The image and document collections provide further resources for those interested in Irish moving image history and the Tiernan McBride reference Library, which is also located at the Archive, holds a broad range of books and periodicals relating to Irish and world cinema.
We recognise the importance of providing access to our fascinating collections. Members of the general public, students, educators and those working in the film industry are all welcome to avail of our research facilities, where they can view our collections on site by appointment.
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council