About the Irish Film Archive

The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage.

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.

About the IFI Irish Film Archive:

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 from 1897 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 MacBride reference Library, which is also located at the Archive, holds a broad range of books and periodicals relating to Irish and world cinema.

The Tiernan MacBride library is closed until further notice and therefore not open to researchers, if you have a specific query please email specialcollections@irishfilm.ie

All on site viewing is suspended until further notice, however we have a limited ability to make material available remotely. Please contact access@irishfilm.ie if you have an access query.

Read our Digital Preservation & Access Strategy HERE

The IFI Irish Film Archive holds the collections of the BAI, IFB and The Arts Council . Production companies/ filmmakers who are in receipt of funding from one of these organisations and who are contractually required to deliver material to the IFI for archiving can find instructions HERE.

If you wish to support the fantastic work of our archive team to digitise the Archive collection and preserve Irish film heritage, we invite you to make a donation HERE.


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland