Collections & Preservation

For researchers

Our collection contains over 200,000 moving image works.

Explore 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.

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The ACMI Collection channel

Large parts of the collection are available on YouTube, providing easier access to digitised works on an international scale.

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Search the Collection

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

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Research Projects

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 videogames
  • Glass blowing
  • Urban planning
  • Representations of women in documentaries about Papua New Guinea
  • 16mm Italian films
  • School-building architecture

If you would like to access our collection for a particular project please make a request to the Collections team.

Play it Again

Play It Again

This project aims to create a playable history of Australasian video games for industry, community and research purposes, by building on existing research into the history of Beam Software and their games from the 1980s.

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ACMI in the Regions

For those prevented by distance from engaging with our programs we took teams on the road to work with local communities and inspire regional storytelling through the moving image.

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Preserving Cambodia's fragile stories

With the support of a grant from the Australia-ASEAN Council, we’ve partnered with the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in Phnom Penh to explore media preservation and the effects of cultural memory.

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

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.

How can I donate something to the ACMI Collection?
The ACMI Collection accepts donations that fit our development strategy.

Please provide more details about what you'd like to donate via this form.

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.

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