Our archives
I arkivets frys- och kylkasematter finns material till över 25 000 filmer
More than 25,000 films are preserved in our specially designed cold storage vaults. Photo: Fredrik Rundqvist.

About the collections

The Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute have their origins in Svenska Filmsamfundet (“The Swedish Film Society”) which was founded in October 1933. Our archive is therefore one of the oldest in the world.

In our collections we have over 67,000 elements on more than 29,000 titles in the form of:

  • 35,000 viewing copies
  • 32,000 original and preservation elements

Most of the viewing copies are 35mm prints, the most common distribution format since the beginning of film. The collections also include a number of 16mm and 70mm prints, and since 2012 also digital distribution copies (DCP's).

By original and preservation elements we mean original picture and sound negatives, intermediate negatives and positives, sound mixes, reversal originals and other elements that can be used to strike new viewing prints. Original and preservation elements mostly exist on Swedish films. Since 2012 the collections also include preservation elements in the form of digital masters.

The total number of reels in the collections is approximately 250,000.

The SFI Library preserves non-film material such as posters, stills, manuscripts and press kits.

The catalogue of our holdings is available on http://www.svenskfilmdatabas.se/en/. If you have further questions, please contact us via e-mail.

Archival Film Collections

Phone: +46-(0)8-665 11 00