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Digital Film Archive Outreach

Launched in November 2000 as part of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Millennium Project, Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive (DFA) is a free public access resource containing over 110 hours* of film footage spanning 100 years of history from both the North of Ireland and Northern Ireland, from 1897 to the present day.

Items in the archive include drama, animation, documentaries, news, newsreels, war-time propaganda, amateur and actuality films. The DFA is used by teachers, students, historians, tourists and anyone with a keen interest in moving images.

The new Digital Film Archive website was launched in early 2015, enabling users to access over 65 hours of the current collection online. The majority of the online collection is only available to users located within the UK. However, Northern Ireland Screen is currently working with copyright holders to extend access to users of the website from outside the UK.

To visit the Digital Film Archive website, click here.

The entire Digital Film Archive can be accessed at the following sites in Northern Ireland:

  • Strand Arts Centre, Belfast
  • Linen Hall Library, Belfast
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast
  • Lisburn City Library
  • Somme Heritage Centre, Newtownards
  • Derry Central Library
  • Irish and Local Studies Library, Armagh
  • The Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry
  • Newry City Library
  • Ballymoney Museum
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • University of Ulster, Coleraine
  • Belfast City Hall
  • Fermanagh County Museum
  • Nomadic Belfast
  • Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
  • Museum at The Mill (Mossley Mill), Newtownabbey
  • Clotworthy House, Antrim
  • Belfast Central Library
  • Down County Museum, Downpatrick
  • W5, Belfast


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 call us on 028 90 232 444 to discuss your requirements.

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