- 1946- (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
12,000 film cans; 8,000 video tapes
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
UNESCO Division of Public Information
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The UNESCO film archives consist of an estimated 12,000 film cans (4,000 hours of film) on 16- and 35-mm acetate film, dating from the 1940s to the 1980s. They 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.
All other film material is indexed in an electronic database, originally created and maintained by the Division of Public Information.
For questions regarding access to the film archives, or to request a search for film titles in the electronic database, please contact: email@example.com
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Further accruals expected
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Reproduction of UNESCO-copyrighted film material possible upon request.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
1945-1988 film material
1988-1988 3/4 Inch (BVU, Umatic)
Since 1988 BETA SP, BETA NUM DV CAM
AG 12/1: UNESCO films 16 mm, 1975 (selected list) (paper copy only);
AG 12/1: Films of the UN Family: Catalogue of films on international development, 1973 (paper copy only)
AG 12/1: Films of the UN Family: 16 mm. Catalogue, 1980-1981 (paper copy only)
AG 12/1: filmtvfilm, 1969
AG 12/1: UNESCO Catalogue: photos, films, filmstrips, 1974 (paper copy only)
AG 12/1: UNESCO Film and video catalogue, 1987-1988 (paper copy only)
AG 12/1: UNESCO video catalogue, 1992
AG 12/1: UNESCO: television video catalogue
AG 12/1: UNESCO: video programmes (VHS)
AG 12/1: Bureau of Public Information (BPI): indexes on cards to films, 1945-
Generated finding aid
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
The majority of the film collection is kept in a film depot in UNESCO headquarters, Paris.
Copies of UNESCO films produced before 1960 on the easily inflammable cellulose nitrate are kept by the National Centre of the French National Film Archives, Bois d’Arcy.
Existence and location of copies
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