FAQS

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Film copies

If the material being sought is a Polish Film Chronicle, a documentary film, including one produced by the Warsaw Film Studio or the "Czołówka" Military Film Studio, or some pre-war or war footage, please first familiarise yourself with the online collections at the Digital Repository.

The portal presents only part of the collection. To find out what's in the entire collection, please contact our Customer Service Team.
phone: + 48 22 840 80 95
e-mail: zok@fn.org.pl

In your mail please describe the material being sought, giving any known details, or go to the Descriptive Catalogue of the National Film Archive located in Warsaw at 21 Chełmska Street (Building 28). The catalogue is open from Monday to Thursday 9.00-15.30.

If you are looking for a Polish or foreign feature film or an animated film for festival screenings or others, please contact the Distribution Team.
phone: +48 22 542 10 79 or + 48 22 540 83 31
e-mail: rozpowszechnianie@fn.org.pl

A copy of the order form can be found under the Accessing the Collections tab. The form can be sent by fax (to +48 22 845 55 33), by e-mail (rozpowszechnianie@fn.org.pl ), by post or delivered in person to the National Film Archive (61 Puławska Street, 00-975 Warsaw). Please submit your order form at least 2 weeks before the planned screening, and when ordering film copies on DVD about 3 – 4 days before the screening. For other media, deadlines are negotiated individually.

No. The National Film Archive has an internal Central Catalogue containing data about the resources. To check the availability of copies, please contact the Distribution Team (for feature and animated films) or the Customer Service Team (for documentaries and the Polish Film Chronicle newsreels).

Distribution Team
phone: + 48 22 542 10 79 or + 48 22 540 83 31
e-mail: rozpowszechnianie@fn.org.pl

Customer Service Team
phone: +48 22 840 80 95
e-mail: zok@fn.org.pl

The Descriptive Catalogue of documentary footage is available at 21 Chełmska St. (Building 28) in Warsaw. The catalogue is open from Monday to Thursday 9.00-15.30. Part of the digitised footage is available online at the Digital Repository.

The following formats are available: 35 mm, DVD, Betacam cassette, DCP, Blu-ray and digital files. Not all films are available in every format.

Yes, it is possible. The National Film Archive contracts out this service to an external company. Approximate costs (including the costs of cleaning the print) for a feature film amount to about PLN 3 500. To order this copying service, please contact the Distribution Team.
phone: +48 22 542 10 79 or + 48 22 540 83 31
e-mail: rozpowszechnianie@fn.org.pl

Library

Library and Reading Room opening hours:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays: 9.00 15.30  
Wednesdays: 12.00 19.00
Thursdays: 9.00  13.00
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: closed

Contact:
e-mail: czytelnia@fn.org.pl
phone: +48 22 845 06 71
Warszawa, ul. Puławska 61 (right outbuilding, ground floor)

The Library of the National Film Archive is a specialist library, which collects and provides written materials related to film and audiovisual media. The collection consists mainly of books, periodicals, newspaper clippings (up to 2007) and festival programmes. We also have collections of archival documentation: literary materials (scenarios, shooting scripts, subtitles and editing lists), minutes of the Film Pre-Release Review Committee and the Scenario Evaluation Committee, scores, set designs, awards, film programmes, film stills, posters and more.

The Library provides these above-mentioned materials only when ordered in person in the Reading Room. Books and selected scenarios can, however, be made available on the basis of an inter-library loan (the university library will issue an order slip and forward it to our library).

Literary materials (scenarios, shooting scripts, subtitles and editing lists) are required to be ordered by e-mail (czytelnia@fn.org.pl) 3-4 days in advance. For the other archival materials, there is no obligation to order them beforehand, but pre-ordering does reduce the time needed to obtain them.

According to copyright law, only fragments of published materials may be copied, i.e. not more than 1 publishing sheet (22 pages).

Due to copyright law, but also to protect them against decay, the copying of some documentation materials (literary materials, minutes of the Film Pre-Release Review Committee and the Scenario Evaluation Committee, scores, set designs, programmes and special collections) is excluded or limited. It is often necessary to obtain the consent of the authors or legal successors.

Opening hours of the Photocopying point at the Reading Room:

Mondays, Tuesdays: 9.00  15.00  
Wednesdays: 12.00  16.00
Thursdays: 9.00 – 13.00
Fridays: 9.00  15.30
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: closed

The cost of single-sided photocopies: 0.40 PLN (A4) and PLN 0.80 (A3).

The Library staff suggest the available catalogues and bibliographic databases to the readers, which enables them to carry out their own search in Polish and foreign literature. Especially helpful in this regard is the bibliography prepared by FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives), which in Poland is only available in our Library.

Online collection

Digitised documentaries (including materials of the Polish Film Chronicle and pre-war materials), animated footage (films produced by the Animated Films Studio in Kraków and the Se-Ma-For Studio [Small Film Forms Studio]), as well as feature films and trailers for the films can be viewed in full or in part on the website of the Digital Repository www.repozytorium.fn.org.pl.

Digitised stills (including studio sessions and photos from the film set) are available on the Fototeka site www.fototeka.fn.org.pl.

Digitised posters for films distributed in Poland can be viewed at the Gapla Film Poster Gallery www.gapla.fn.org.pl.

In addition, on the website of the Nitrofilm project www.nitrofilm.pl there are film-related materials on pre-war Polish cinema.

Licensing and Pricing

A cost estimate can be planned only after the customer has made a reliable search and after the objective of using the materials, the fields of distribution, running times, the quality of the outcome material, etc have been determined. Three types of costs can be expected:

  1. the costs of reviewing and selecting the footage,
  2. the technical costs of copying the materials (depending on the medium on which they are located, for example on a film reel, a Betacam cassette, a digital copy or DVD).
  3. the licensing or sharing costs.

More information can be obtained from the Customer Service Team.

phone: +48 22 840 80 95
e-mail: zok@fn.org.pl

It's not possible to answer that question without a detailed description of how the documentary materials will be used. Please specify: the purpose of use, field of exploitation, and time and territory of use.  

The search enquiry is dependent on the customer. However, while visiting the Catalogue room, please view the selected materials with an employee of the Customer Services Team.

phone: +48 22 840 80 95
e-mail: zok@fn.org.pl

Descriptive Catalogue of the National Film Archive is located in Warsaw at 21 Chełmska Street (Building 28). The catalogue is open from Monday to Thursday 9.00-15.30.

Yes, but in particular for Polish films. For information about rights, please contact the Distribution Team.

phone: +48 22 542 10 79 or + 48 22 540 83 31
e-mail: rozpowszechnianie@fn.org.pl

Please contact the Commercial Department by email or phone.

Włodzimierz Lech / Manager 
phone: +48 22 826 23 70
e-mail: wlech@fn.org.pl

or

Joanna Biernat-Pogorzelska / Deputy Manager 
phone: +48 22 542 10 69
e-mail: jpogorzelska@fn.org.pl

Please contact the Commercial Department by email or phone.

Włodzimierz Lech / Manager 
phone: +48 22 826 23 70
e-mail: wlech@fn.org.pl

or

Joanna Biernat-Pogorzelska / Deputy Manager 
phone: +48 22 542 10 69
e-mail: jpogorzelska@fn.org.pl

Use of material from the Film Archive's resources

The Digital Repository does not service external clients. On its website, the Repository places materials digitised under the project or clips from films in the collection of the National Film Archive, and their sharing is handled by the:

Distribution Team (feature films and animations)

phone: +48 22 542 10 79 or + 48 22 540 83 31
e-mail: rozpowszechnianie@fn.org.pl

Customer Services Team (documentaries)
phone: +48 22 840 80 95
e-mail: zok@fn.org.pl


The search enquiry is dependent on the customer. However, while visiting the Catalogue room, please view the selected materials with an employee of the Customer Services Team. Descriptive Catalogue of the National Film Archive is located in Warsaw at 21 Chełmska Street (Building 28). The catalogue is open from Monday to Thursday 9.00-15.30.  

Yes, if you have been granted a license and paid for it.

The National Film Archive has no rights to the posters that it collects in the archive. The Gapla Film Poster Gallery www.gapla.fn.org.pl only features online the resources of the Film Archive.

The National Film Archive make its photographic collections available through the Fototeka website.

To order online, please visit the Fototeka and register in the system ("Buy a Photo" tab), and then complete the registration form. After receiving an email message with a login and password, you can log in to the Fototeka site. Logging in allows you to enter the online store. Selected photos can be put into your cart. After completing the form in the cart (specifying the number of copies, exploitation fields and name of the publication), you can ask for a quotation or immediately place an order. The customer will receive an e-mail with notification of the FTP address from where the ordered images can be downloaded.

phone: +48 22 542 10 86
e-mail: foto@fn.org.pl

The price list of costs for sharing photos is placed on the Fototeka website www.fototeka.fn.org.pl/en in the Buy a Photo tab and on the National Film Archive website's Accessing the Collections tab. In the case of non-standard orders, the price is determined individually depending on the intended use of the ordered images and their range of use. In such cases, please send your question by e-mail to the address foto@fn.org.pl with information about your project.

The cost of buying photos for an exhibition depends on the format of the displayed images, the nature of the exhibition, its extent and duration.

The National Film Archive, as a film archive, has a number of archival photographic materials but the rights to these materials are held by film studios. In such cases, we provide the photographic material without a license. On the Fototeka website www.fototeka.fn.org.pl/en, in the description of each photo, there is information about the owner of the rights, along with active links to contact the film studios: "Kadr", "Tor" and "Zebra".

The National Film Archive has a large number of images to which it has full rights, and therefore it may grant a license to use them.

The National Film Archive strives to present as many photos from its resources as possible. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine the rights to a lot of materials. These photos are presented on the Fototeka site www.fototeka.fn.org.pl/en but due to their unknown legal situation limiting their sharing these materials are not accompanied by the cart icon and it is impossible to purchase these photos online.

For companies and individuals, we issue a pro forma invoice, which we send via e-mail. The ordered photos are delivered after we receive confirmation of payment.

For state institutions, we issue an invoice at the end of the month. If necessary, we can prepare an invoice immediately after delivering the stills.

Buying photos via the Fototeka is a form of electronic contract between the customer and the National Film Archive.

In such a case, it is necessary to establish whether the title has been fully processed. Please contact us at:
phone: +48 22 542 10 85
e-mail: cyfryzacja@fn.org.pl

If the file description indicates that the rights are not determined, the cart icon will not appear. We limit the sharing of these stills due to the difficulties in establishing copyright.

Cooperation

Media buying plans and commercial offers for advertising activity can be sent directly to the Communication and Marketing Team.

e-mail: promocja@fn.org.pl

Assessment of student placements or internships takes place in consultation with the Human Resources Department.

Ewa Rozenek-Oniszczuk / Manager of the Director's Office
e-mail: eoniszczuk@fn.org.pl

To apply for patronage of the National Film Archive, please contact the Communications and Marketing Team.

e-mail:
promocja@fn.org.pl

Arthouse Cinemas Network

First, make sure your cinema meets, or can meet, the requirements of the programme set out in the Regulations of the Arthouse Cinemas Network. If so, please fill in the declaration of accession to the Arthouse Cinemas Network and Cinema Questionnaire. Upon successful completion of the qualification process, you will receive the "Agreement of accession to the Arthouse Cinemas Network."

e-mail: sks@fn.org.pl

or

Maria Prawdzic-Kornacka
e-mail: mkornacka@fn.org.pl
phone: +48 22 845 50 74 ext. 125

Contact

Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny 

ul. Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warszawa
tel. + 48 22 380 49 00
fax: +48 22 380 49 01
e-mail: sekretariat@nina.gov.pl