- 1946- (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The audiovisual section of the Bureau of Public Information (BPI/AUD) handles most of the audiovisual archives of UNESCO which includes films, videos and sound records.
Just some of these records are preserved by the UNESCO archives themselves.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The film archives of UNESCO are divided into three parts:
- The archives of film productions, containing about 7500 film cans of material produced by UNESCO itself.
- The archives of reference films, containing about 1100 works which not have been produced by UNESCO itself but have been given to the organisation by NGOs, foreign film producers or member states.
- The archives of distributed films, containing around 2500 copies of 210 films. These films have been produced by the organisation and concern different programmes or projects.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
For access to the film archives, please contact:
UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy,
75007 PARIS, France
tel. +33 (0)1.45.68.00.68
A small part of the film material is already accessible via the UNESCO Archives Multimedia Database. In the near future, many more films and videos will be integrated in the UNESCO Archives Multimedia Database.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
1988-1988 3/4 Inch (BVU, Umatic)
Since 1988 BETA SP, BETA NUM DV CAM
Online search of a small part of the film material is possible via the UNESCO Archives Multimedia Database.
All other film material is indexed in an electronic database which is accessible at the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Most of the original films are kept in the depots of the film archives which have been lately renovated following the rules for the preservation of audiovisual material.
More 2000 copies of films which had been produced before 1960on the easily inflammable cellulose nitrate material are kept by the National Centre of the French National Film Archives in Bois d’Arcy.