Swedish Film Institute

Film Heritage

The Film Heritage department is Sweden's national film archive. We ensure that films and film-related materials are preserved and made accessible for current and future generations.


The Film Institute library is the only specialist film library in Sweden. The library is open to everyone, and registered borrowers can enjoy the collection of more than 50,000 film books and more than 1,000 film journals.  The library also holds a manuscript collection with thousands of original Swedish manuscripts and a wealth of personal and company-related film documents. One of the library's most important functions is as a research resource, and it works in partnership with the Stockholm University subsidiary library for Film Studies to meet the needs of students and those conducting research. Situated in Filmhuset in Stockholm, the library also comprises a major stills and poster archive.


The unit Digitization digitizes and restores analog film to be made available in digital display windows. The aim is to create a digital display material that, as far as possible, mimics the original analog display. The Film Institute restores about 50 filmmakers annually. The unit is also responsible for the digital film archive.

The Film Archive

The Swedish Film Institute is justly proud to be the keeper of one of the world's oldest film archives. It comprises more than 32,000 Swedish and foreign titles, virtually all the films that have ever been screened at Swedish cinemas. The archive maintains a dialogue with researchers, and works together with the Swedish National Archive of Recorded Sound and Moving Images to collect, catalogue, preserve, restore and make accessible Sweden's film heritage.


The job of Cinemateket is to make the Swedish film heritage accesible – from both a quantitative and curated perspective. Children and young people have a particular focus where we work with the film experience, resources and sources of information in schools, e.g. for discussions about the foundations of values and democracy.
The unit lends films from both the analogue and digital film collections to cinemas, festivals, cinematheques and other screening bodies in Sweden and globally.
The unit is responsible for Filmhuset's two cinemas, Bio Victor and Bio Mauritz and for the archival screenings at Filmhuset, which has the task of increasing knowledge and interest in film history and film as an art form.