Collections & research

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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.

Roughly 40,000 records from this larger collection are searchable online and able to be requested from our collections team via the form below. During digitisation, access may be limited to researchers, and access times may vary depending on the condition of the material requested.

You can also try our new open source Collection Data Explorer to browse films, footage and other works by category, year of production, associated people and companies and running time.

Find out more about the digitisation project below and visit our YouTube Channel to keep up to date with our work preserving our shared past.

How to access the collection

You can watch a curated selection of films from the ACMI Collection and the National Film and Sound Archive, onsite and online.

Browse historic shorts, remixed amateur home movies and footage exploring Melbourne locales and landmarks on screens in the Cafe & Bar. 

Indulge your curiosity further in the Lightwell, where viewing stations offer films presented in curated sections on memory, people, place and technology, including neo-realist dramas and video art.

Want to settle in? Private booths on Level One offer full length works like feature films and television shows. 

Online you can visit the ACMI Collection YouTube channel to browse a thematic selection of titles from the weird and wonderful to historic movies plus much more.

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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Mediatheque FAQs

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