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Our collection contains over 200,000 moving image works, including film, tape and disc material, time-based media art, games, television, digital culture and ephemera including books, journals, publicity photographs, film posters and press kits.

As the analogue material decomposes and technical obsolescence accelerates, we need to ensure long term access to our collection through conservation, preservation and digitisation efforts.

How to access the collection

As we undertake our major redevelopment project, access to the collection is closed. During this time the collection team will be undertaking digitisation and preservation projects to support reopening in 2020.

Visit the ACMI Collection YouTube channel to browse a thematic selection of weird and wonderful titles and captivating glimpses of historic moments in time.

Digital and time based media artworks

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Digitising the ACMI Collection

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Digitising the ACMI Collection: part II

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Search the collection

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Research at ACMI

We provide access to the collection for in-depth research and have completed successful collaborative research projects with a number of universities, organisations and professional researchers.

Some of these research projects have covered subjects  as diverse as: 

  • Chinese Feature Films;
  • Indigenous Filmmakers;
  • 1980s Australian Video Games;
  • Glass blowing;
  • Urban Planning;
  • Representations of Women in Documentaries about Papua New Guinea;
  • 16mm Italian Films
  • School-Building Architecture

Browse some of our recent research projects below.

Research projects

Play it again

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ACMI in the regions

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Learn more about our approach to preserving Australia’s moving image and digital culture history.

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Mediatheque FAQs

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