Amsterdam Film museum
Situated in the fabulous Vondelpark, the Filmmuseum Amsterdam is the national centre for cinematography in the Netherlands. In its collection are over 35,000 film titles, or - more than 60,000,000 metres of film.
The collection also comprises photos, posters, newspaper clippings, magazines and many other items relating to film history. The international collection spans the complete history of cinematography from 1898 until today. In addition to this the collection is expanding with new film titles being added every year. The main goal of the Filmmuseum is to encourage and promote film culture in the Netherlands. By collecting, restoring and screening the many ‘film treasures of the past’ as well as by presenting new films in the art- house genre we aim to achieve this goal.
Distribution & Production
Through its distribution branch the Filmmuseum enables Dutch cinemas throughout the country to screen both classics and contemporary art house films. The Filmmuseum also has its own video and DVD label through which it releases both archive films and contemporary art house films.
The Filmmuseum is also involved in production and produces so-called found footage films, historical programmes, theatrical shows and publications on film history. Some Dutch film productions are also sponsored by the Filmmuseum.
Locations & Programmes
The Filmmuseum is spread across two venues and houses five theatres: two in the Film-museum itself and three in Filmmuseum Cine-rama. There are up to fourteen daily screenings. We offer a wide selection of films ranging from theme programmes, classics, archive films, cult films to special children’s programmes. The emphasis is placed on unique films with a film-historical significance and on contemporary cinema. Special theatrical shows combine silent films with theatre, music and entertainment. In September 2003 the museum opened a exhibition space in which it displays program- related items. Please visit the museum's website for further information: www.filmmuseum.nl.
The Filmmuseum Information Centre houses the largest collection of books on film and film-related subjects in the Netherlands. Here students and researchers as well as the general public can find anything on the subject of film.
Apart from books and magazines there are also reference works available on CD-ROM as well as videotapes of films from the Filmmuseum collection. A variety of newspapers can be consulted in the reading room. Our staff members will be more than happy to advise you on the Filmmuseum collections and to help you use our computerized databases.
The collection includes 20,000 books in various languages; a large section of reference books and screenplays; 1,900 magazines dating back to 1877; 300,000 press clippings including reviews, biographies, and other film-related documents; international collections of journals on microfilm dating from 1896 to 1927; cinema programmes and week listings dating from 1950 onwards; and annual reports and addresses of other film organizations.
Computerized databases provide easy access to all of the Filmmuseum collections. Recent issues of magazines, as well as bound volumes and books from 1945 to the present are readily available. Access to books and magazines from an earlier period can be requested at the information desk. The same applies to the other collections. The collections stored in depots elsewhere cannot be consulted instantly. Requests for access have to be made by telephone, fax or e-mail.
Vondelpark 3, 1071 AA Amsterdam
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