About us

Our history

This story charts the growth of Australia’s national museum of film, TV, videogames, digital culture and art from its beginnings as the State Film Centre of Victoria, to its reincarnation in 2002 as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the opening of Screen Worlds in 2009 and the re-emergence in 2020 of our renewed multiplatform museum.

John Grierson

1940s

For the good of the nation.

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State Film Centre Van - loading film.png

1950s

A production house in the golden age of film and television.

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State Film Centre records

1960s

Film education for watchers and makers.

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My Survival As An Aboriginal (1979) - Essie Coffey

1970s

Growth, change and videotapes.

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Gary Foley and Di Smith on the set of A Country Practice, Sydney

1980s

Bigger audiences, diverse festivals and a focus on education

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The Simpsons arcade cabinet

1990s and early 2000s

Organisation changes and the dawning era of digital.

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ACMI Building at Fed Square - Renee Stamatis Photography

2002–09

ACMI's moving image odyssey begins.

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2009–21

ACMI's second chapter.

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New exhibition entrance - BKK render

Beyond 2021

Looking forward.

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Written by Susan Bye (Senior Producer, Education ACMI) and Jessica Kemp (Education Coordinator, ACMI).