Archives & Library

It is the aim of the archives to store and preserve primary sources and documentary records connected to the history of film and make them accessible for scientific research and similar purposes.

Special exhibitions showcase materials from the archives and present them to a larger public. The key interests of the collection activities of the Deutsches Filminstitut / Deutsches Filmmuseum, which span all sections of the archives, include avant-garde film, promotional films and animation, as well as New German Cinema and German productions before 1945. Important records from related and other fields are also stored in the archives.

A new archive and visitor centre situated in Frankfurt-Rödelheim was opened early in 2007, it houses the poster archive, the music archive, the script archive, the Artur Brauner archive as well as all further estates and collections.

The Deutsches Filminstitut / Deutsches Filmmuseum is a member of the  Kinematheksverbund and an „associate member“ of the FIAF (Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film).

Archive Cinema


Film Archive

The film archive’s central mission is the collection, preservation and restoration of films. Read more…


The stills archive contains circa 2,3 million photographs and slides from national and international productions. Read more…

Text Archive

The text archive represents one of the largest collections in Europe and is a treasury of historical and contemporary sources. Read more…

Poster Archive

The collections of the poster archive contain circa 40,000 posters for more than 18,000 films. Read more…

Technology Archive

The technology archive contains a selection of objects used in the production and presentation of films. Read more…

bambi.kleinThe collection activities of the Deutsches Filminstitut aim at preserving estates and materials concerned with film as sources for scientific analysis and future generations.  Read more…


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