National Film Archive

The National Film Archive in Warsaw is a state cultural institution subordinate to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. It has been operating continuously since 1955 with activities aimed at the protection of the national cultural heritage in the field of cinematography and the popularisation of film culture.

Statute of the National Film Archive (PDF) (2 MB)

The National Film Archive collects, archives and makes available its film collection, which is one of the largest in Europe. The selected collections are digitised and digitally reconstructed, and the compiled materials are presented on the Internet in the following services: the photo archive service Fototeka, the film poster gallery Gapla and the Digital Repository. The Nitrofilm project is concerned with the conservation, digitisation and reconstruction of the most valuable part of the pre-war collection of feature films.

The National Film Archive has a specialised Library and Reading Room and the Iluzjon cinema houses the Film Art Museum, a unique place where screenings of 35 mm films are still held.

At the beginning of 2016, the National Film Archive became a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) which is an association bringing together most film archives from around the world. Chairman of the Federation during the years 1948-1972 was Professor Jerzy Toeplitz.

FIAF Statute (PDF) (2 MB)


National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute
ul. Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warszawa
phone: + 48 22 380 49 00
fax: +48 22 380 49 01
e-mail: sekretariat@nina.gov.pl