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.

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Play It Again

This project aims to create a playable history of Australasian videogames for industry, community and research purposes.

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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.

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