The International Federation of Film Archives

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FOUNDED in 1938, the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) today has a membership of seventy-three archives throughout the world: four in Africa, seven in North America, twelve in Latin America, nine in Asia, thirty-eight in Europe and three in Ocenia.

The Federation has four main objectives: -- to promote the preservation of films considered to be works of art or historical documents; -- to encourage the creation and development of cinematheques (film archives) in all countries; -- to facilitate collection and international exchange of films and documents concerning the history and art of cinematography so as to make them accessible to the widest possible audience; -- to foster increased co-operation between its members.

Members of the Federation are independent, non-profit cinematheques whose aim is to study the history and art of the cinema and whose services are available to the public. Their principal task should be the acquisition, preservation and cataloguing of films and documentation relating to the cinema.

In order to foster the culture and art of the cinema, members are authorized, indeed encouraged, to undertake other activities such as the organization of film showings, exhibitions, symposia of meetings and the publication of books, pamphlets and periodicals. The Federation itself has published several technical works which have become essential reference sources for both newly-formed and longer-established archives. …