About the Digital Film Archive
Originally launched in November 2000 as part of the British Film Institute’s Millennium Project, Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive (DFA) is a free public access resource. Constantly updated and expanding, the DFA contains hundreds of hours of moving image titles, spanning from 1897 to the present day. Primarily focused on Northern Irish society, the collection also documents pre-Partition Ireland and contains material of interest to wider UK and international audiences. Within the archive you will find items covering the breadth of moving image genres; broadcast news, feature films, television dramas, sport, documentaries, animation, light entertainment, amateur footage, newsreels and more.
The Digital Film Archive can be accessed at home, or via special Digital Film Archive terminals at one of our DFA Network partners, at locations across Northern Ireland – including library branches, museums, art centres and universities. A full list of DFA Partner sites can be found on the Locations page on the DFA website.
Outreach: Northern Ireland Screen delivers themed presentations based on the content of the Digital Film Archive to a variety of audiences, including community and reminiscence groups, historical societies and schools. All presentations are free of charge and, where possible, can be tailored to suit the interests of your group – be it a general overview of the collection, or a talk on a specific subject, place, era, or historical event.
If you are interested in arranging a presentation, please email [email protected], or call us on 028 90 232 444 to discuss your requirements.
Footage: If you have footage that you feel would be of interest to us, please go to the FAQ section for details on what we look for in a film and how to go about submitting material for consideration.
To visit the Digital Film Archive website, click here.