Yugoslav Film Archive

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Yugoslav Film Archives headquarters at St. Uzun Mirkova, Belgrade, Serbia

The Yugoslav Film Archive (Serbian: Југословенска кинотека / Jugoslovenska kinoteka) is a film archive located in Belgrade, now in Serbia. It is a founding member of the International Federation of Film Archives and was the national film library of the former Yugoslavia and currently of the Republic of Serbia.[citation needed] It was founded in 1949.

The film collection contains over 95 thousand film prints of various national productions, of all genres, silent and sound, black & white and color, both nitrate and acetate.[citation needed] Around 85% of the entire film collection consists of foreign film material, including some previously considered lost, which makes the archive particularly interesting for film archivists and researchers from all over the world.

The Yugoslav Film Fund saved the most important archive material and documentaries related to the territory of former Yugoslavia, starting from the oldest extant film in the country Coronation of King Peter the First from 1904 until its restoration in 1992.[citation needed] The collection of Yugoslav films includes more than 90% of production since the Second World War. Most of the films have a copy protection (two copies per title). The film collection is constantly increasing deposit of films made and the placed in the country, sharing with other film archives, and through purchase and gifts from individuals and institutions.

The archival photographic collection contains approximately 250,000 identified (and as much unprocessed) images from local or foreign film productions, portraits of film workers and other participants in the film industry.[citation needed] Collection of documents and written film material contains all types of documents, letters, contracts, original scripts and other material relevant to the history and study of national cinema.

The archival collection contains posters of films (domestic and foreign productions) and movie festivals. The Archive has processed about 15,000 posters and about 200,000 of unidentified and untreated material. Priority task is the protection of posters related to domestic films.[1]

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  1. ^ "Yugoslav Film Archive". Yugoslav Film Archive. Retrieved 2009-01-23.

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