The collection includes:

  • more than 1 000 000 photographic materials from about 25 000 Polish and foreign films

These include, among others, photos of the artists, unique stills and photos from behind the scenes as well as photographs from film premieres.    

The Collection

The photographic collection related to Polish films includes:

  • prints
  • documentation photographs
  • negatives and diapositives from production and from the filmmakers
  • glass negatives
  • digital photos

Among the collected materials, in addition to the traditional promotional photographs, there are also on-the-set production stills, documentation, studio and test photos, as well as photos from private collections.

The National Film Archive has a valuable collection of photos from the oldest film productions dating back almost a hundred years. The number of pre-war stills kept in the National Film Archive is about 2 000 and it is still growing. The largest and most diverse collection is the material from post-war film productions up to 1989.  In addition, the National Film Archive has a collection of film negatives from photoreporters Tadeusz Kubiak, Romuald Pieńkowski, Roman Sumik and Jerzy Troszczyński and negatives from the Se-Ma-For Studio and the Studio Miniatur Filmowych [Film Miniatures Studio].  



The digitisation of negatives, diapositives and still prints began in 2006. The National Film Archive was the first among the many cultural institutions to start and implement such a project. In November 2009, the online Fototeka [Photo Archive] service was launched, designed to present digitised photographic materials from the resources of the National Film Archive. The site currently has more than 185 000 photos with descriptions.


  • A still from the film "Kocha, lubi, szanuje" [Love, Cherish, Respect] (1934) dir. Michał Waszyński

  • A colour still from Jerzy Hoffman's film "Potop" [The Deluge] (1974)

  • Examples of negatives from the animated film "Rekord" [Record] (1973) dir. Lucjan Dembiński from the Se-Ma-For Studio

  • Colour diapositive with a portrait of the actress Anna Dymna