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  • Bill Douglas Center for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture: EVE (Everyone's Virtual Exhibit)  
    An interactive, digitized collection catalog that allows users to curate their own exhibits. The collection is one of England's largest, strong in the material culture (books, prints, artifacts) that surrounds motion picture history. Based at the University of Exeter, the center also contains a public museum.
  • British Artists' Moving Image Database  
    A research database on British artists' film and video, covering experimental and avant-garde film, video art, artists' television, gallery-based installations, and other works that use moving image and audiovisual multimedia technologies. The database provides information for several thousand works, including dates, formats, and some synopses. It also links to the holdings of public and academic collections, archives, distributors, and dealers, including information about locations and conditions of access.
  • Bulgarian National Film Archive  
    The official site of the Bulgarian National Film Archive, which features information on the archive's collection and a vast gallery of stills from notable Bulgarian films. In English and Bulgarian.
  • Europa Film Treasures  
    Europa Film Treasures is an online film catalogue created by a consortium of European film archives. It offers free access, via streaming, to more than 400 films presented with extensive historical notes in five languages, and categorized by time period, country of origin, and genre.
  • Film Archives Online  
    Search the moving image collections of five European film archives: the Deutsche Filminstitut, the British Film Institute, the Cineteca di Bologna, the DEFA-Foundation, and the Narodni Filmovy Archiv Prague (NFA). Many entries feature detailed synopses from the sponsoring institutions.
  • Greek Film Center  
    Search by title or browse by director to get information on many Greek films, both contemporary and classic. For each film there is a synopsis, cast and crew information, and technical specifications. Some of the more recent entries feature stills and film clips. In English.
  • International Federation of Film Archives   Peer Reviewed
    FIAF is an international association of film archives dedicated to the preservation of the moving image. Although the actual catalog of associated-archival holdings is only available to paying users, the website also hosts a variety of free information pertaining to film preservation, most notably fully downloadable back issues of the Journal of Film Preservation.
  • Irish Film Institute  
    The website of the Irish Film Institute features listings of upcoming screenings and retrospectives, as well as general information on the film and paper collections of the institute.
  • Irish Film Productions Archive  
    Information about Irish film productions from the Irish Film Archive.
  • London Transit Museum Film Collection  
    This site features streaming video of and background information about the films in the London Transit Museum collection, which covers the period from 1910 to 1970 and is best known for documentaries made by British Transport Films in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Moving History: UK Film Archives  
    A guide to the holdings of 12 different film archives in England. Click "films" to search the large collection of digitized video, or click on one of the archives for more information about the archive and its holdings.
  • Researcher's Guide Online  
    Searchable index of film, television, radio, and related document collections in the UK.
  • Russian Film Archives  
    A website that represents the Russian State Film and Photo Archive in Krasnogorsk, the Russian State Archive of Scientific and Technical Documents, and various other institutions of the Russian government.
  • The Acad¨¦mie of the Forum des images  
    The Acad¨¦mie was conceived as an open University for the public. It hosts masterclasses, cinema lessons, and conferences on films and filmmaking conducted by film professionals and theorists. Videos of these programs are archived on the website.
  • VideoActive: Creating Access to Europe's Audiovisual Heritage  
    VideoActive has created a consortium to facilitate interaction between moving image archives and academic institutions, with an emphasis on television preservation.