Film Library


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Film Library

 

an institution or a section of a film studio that collects and preserves films and original film materials, such as negatives, positives, and sound tracks, as well as documents, for example, scripts, cue sheets, reviews, and photographs. Film libraries also engage in the classification and scientific study of the cinematic works in their collections; when necessary, they also do restoration work.

The films and materials kept by film libraries are subjected to special treatment to prevent deterioration of photographic and physicomechanical properties. They are then housed in special archives, where they are kept at a strictly regulated temperature and humidity. Film libraries at film studios collect and store fragments of films previously released, as well as sound tracks with music and sound effects that can be used to make other films. Many film libraries conduct cultural and educational programs by arranging lectures and film showings and organizing film festivals and similar undertakings. In the USSR teaching film libraries have been established and integrated into the system of public education.

The principal film libraries include Gosfil’mofond SSSR, the Film Library of France, the National Film Archive of the British Film Institute, the State Film Archive of the German Democratic Republic, the Polish Film Library, the Czechoslovak Film Archive of the Czech and Slovak Film Institute, and the Department of Film (formerly, the Film Library) of the Museum of Modern Art in the USA. All are members of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), which organizes the international exchange of films and helps popularize the best film productions.

E. A. IOFIS

References in periodicals archive ?
The humanitarian values and issues related to the difficulties faced by the migrants will be at heart of the debate, June 18-23, the Tunisian Film Library said in a press release.
Since its inception in 1995, Moriah Films, run by executive producer Richard Trank and dean and founder Rabbi Marvin Hier, who in his other job is head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and one of the most prominent Jewish leaders in the United States, has made it its mission to produce a film library devoted to the Jewish experience in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Zee is one of India's leading media and entertainment companies and houses the world's largest Hindi film library.
His clients included the Frank Capra family, producer Walter Mirisch and the John Wayne Film Library.
Summary: The UAE National Film Library and Archive (UNFLA), which will document the evolution of the UAE film industry, has been officially launched at the Zayed University.
This is why it is so important that the UAE Government has launched the UAE National Film Library and Archive (UNFLA).
"Ten Men on the Field" is also part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame film library and the permanent library of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Rotana, which is majority owned by Prince Alwaleed, operates one of the largest TV networks and ad sales operations in the region and owns the largest Arabic film library.
Those deals focused me on the value of film libraries in a digital age, and, a few months ago, I led a group of investors who acquired what we believe is the largest Spanish-language film library in the U.S.
It releases a portfolio of more than 70 new films every year with the exploitation of a film library of more than 2,000 film titles, making it one of the largest content owners in the business.
Internet film subscription service Netflix Inc (Nasdaq:NFLX) and film and television studio Miramax announced on Monday a multi-year agreement under which Netflix members will be able to watch motion pictures from the Miramax film library.