Irish Film Institute -Commercial Access

Commercial Access

The Archive provides commercial access to its film, paper and stills collections for a variety of users, including filmmakers and production companies, book and journal publishers and newspapers. The Archive is a non-profit organisation, and the revenue generated by our commercial activities goes directly into the running and staffing of the Archive, and the continuing preservation and accessibility of our collections.

Access depends on the availability of material on an accessible format, the preservation concerns relating to the material, and the clearing of copyright by the user.

Footage Sales:


Commercial Rate Card (pdf)

Non-Commercial Rate Card (pdf)

Please note our rates are charged per minute or part thereof per copyright source.

Burned-In-Time-Coded (BITC) files on DVD or downloaded for offline editing: €45

Admin, Research and technical fee: €60

How to access the collections:

Database search:

Please note that the catalogue for our collections is not available online. Please email us with your request or enquiry and we will search our collections for you.

We will furnish you with results from our database from which you can chose what you would like to view. Please note that access can be restricted or delayed due to copyright or format considerations.

All requests for footage or database searches must be made in writing to

On site viewing:

On site viewing in our viewing room is available and is advised for larger volumes of viewing material or searches. No more than two people can be accommodated in the viewing room at any one time. The viewing room is open Monday to Friday 10.15 -1pm and 2.15pm – 5.30pm

Per title or per hour: €10.00
Per half day: €20.00 (€35 for a full day viewing)
Per week: €120 

Vimeo viewing:

Where available we can make certain titles or films available for you to view through a password protected Vimeo link. All Vimeo files are secured with BITC marks and watermarks.

Burned-In-Time-coded (BITC) files:

The BITC watermarked files are available to view on Vimeo for free. However, if you wish to download a copy for offline editing, the cost for this service is €45 per project. In the case of Private Collections, you will first need to secure permission from the copyright holder to obtain a BITC reference copy.

Clearing copyright:

It is the producers responsibility to clear copyright for all material accessed. In accordance with current copyright legislation the IFI Irish Film Archive will not release material held without copyright first being cleared. The IFA will endeavour to assist in copyright clearance by supplying names and addresses of copyright owners where possible.

Transfer requests:

Much of the collection held in the IFI Irish Film Archive is preserved on film and has not yet been transferred to a digital file or reference tape. In order to view or access any title that is on an 8mm 16mm or 35mm gauge, it must first be transferred.

Any requests for transferring material will be added to the IFA’s transfer queue. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for requests to be completed.

Footage orders:

Orders for extracts should be made using the timecodes provided in the BITC files.

We provide 5 second handles on each clip ordered

Clips are provided on 422 pro files unless otherwise specified.

We provide footage via Dropbox. For larger orders we may require the producer to provide a hard drive or flash drive as a carrier.

Please allow 5 working days for delivery of orders.

Access Agreements and paperwork must be finalised before footage can be provided.

Image Reproduction Service

The Archive’s image collections include stills from Irish productions, publicity headshots of Irish actors, on-set photographs and film posters. Images may be purchased as high resolution digital files, or photographic prints.

  • At least two days’ notice must be given for any stills reproduction request. Photographic prints may take longer.
  • Additional charges may be incurred if images are not yet digitised. Charges may be substantially higher for the reproduction of posters, which cannot be digitised in-house.
  • It is the responsibility of the user to clear copyright for the image before it can be released.
  • The appropriate photographic reproduction fee must be paid.
  • The IFI Irish Film Archive must be credited as the source of the image.

For more information on image reproduction, please email

Document Reproduction

The Archive’s paper collection numbers nearly 20,000 documents including production material, publicity, cinema-related ephemera and newspaper clippings.

The procedures for document reproduction are similar to the image reproduction service above.

For more information on document reproduction, please email


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland