Yale Film Archive gains upgraded status in International Federation of Film Archives

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April 25, 2023

During this year’s meeting in Mexico City, the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) decided—by an overwhelming majority vote—to upgrade the affiliation status of the Yale Film Archive from “Associate” to “Member.” Members of FIAF are recognized as having the “legitimate and primary responsibility for the preservation of an original moving image collection” and the resources to do so.

Along with its 94 fellow Members—which include the British Film Institute, Cinemateca Brasileira, the Museum of Modern Art, the Thai Film Archive, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive—the Yale Film Archive is “encouraged to organise the projection and the viewing of films, using copies specially made for this purpose; to provide facilities for the consultation of documentation; to collect and exhibit cinema artefacts; to publish film literature;and, in general, to develop a full range of non-profit-making activities related to the promotion and diffusion of film culture, from a historical, educational, and artistic perspective.”
The Yale Film Archive joined FIAF as an Associate in 2014.
The Yale Film Archive has in its collection more than 7,000 35mm and 16mm titles—including Hollywood features, experimental shorts, documentaries, and Bollywood musical—spanning more than 120 years of cinema history. Read more about the Treasures from the Yale Film Archive screenings of classic and contemporary films from around the world, free and open to the public.
—Deborah Cannarella
Image: The entranceway and memorabilia display area of the Yale Film Archive, Sterling Memorial Library. Photo by Robert Lisak.