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Collections & Preservation

Explore a vast collection of moving image material.

Our collection brings together a fascinating 75-year moving image legacy that encompasses Victoria, Australia, and the world. We present stories and objects in unique ways, spanning the conventions of traditional museums and reflecting the evolution of the moving image today.

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Discover the old and new, unique and nostalgic in our collection of films, TV, videogames, art and more.

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ACMI Collection Channel

Did you know that ACMI has one of the most significant moving image collections in Australia?

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Explore a suite of commissions developed in partnership with philanthropic and cultural organisations.

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The Blackmagic Design Media Preservation Lab

Dedicated to preserving Australia’s analogue past while ensuring its digital present is accessible for generations to come.

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Collection gems

Browse a thematic selection of weird and wonderful titles and captivating glimpses of historic moments in time.

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Home movies

Visit landmarks long gone, revel in the fashions of yesteryear or just enjoy a glimpse of what life was like "back then".

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For researchers

Access a wide variety of digitised works and learn more about our local and global collaborative research projects.

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Stories from the ACMI Collection

Read about the joys and challenges of collecting and preserving moving image works for our collection and beyond.

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Help us preserve the moving image

Your donations go towards restoring, digitising and acquiring new works.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ACMI Collection?
The ACMI Collection contains over 200,000 items including film, ephemera, objects, videogames and time-based media art. It began in 1947 as the State Film Centre collection allowing Victorians to access film for education purposes. Since becoming part of ACMI it has diversified to include all forms of the moving image.

Is everything in the ACMI Collection available to view online?
Not yet. We’re progressively digitising items from the ACMI Collection and will make these publicly available, subject to rights holder approval.

How can I view digitised items in the ACMI Collection?
Our Collection page and the ACMI Collection YouTube channel have many digitised items available to view.

Can I view something that has not been digitised and is there a fee involved?
Special arrangements can be made to access material not yet digitised for research purposes pending an assessment of the physical condition of the material.

Can I donate something to the ACMI Collection?

The ACMI Collection is not currently accepting any new donations while we complete a review of our collection.

If you have an enquiry about items previously submitted to ACMI, please contact our Collections team via the feedback and general enquires form.

Please note: our staff are unable to accept any unsolicited material delivered via post and/or in-person.

Can I use footage from the ACMI Collection in a film I'm making?
Much of the material held by ACMI is rights controlled by third parties. It is best to discuss your specific needs with a member of the Collections team.