The NFAI acquires films
for its collection in the following ways:|
The first method is by accepting donation or
free deposits. Collectors and Filmmakers who are aware of the importance
of preservation of the cultural heritage of cinema come forward to
donate prints, videos, etc for permanent preservation and archival use
without any infringement on their copyright. The NFAI accepts all such
films as every film is considered to be a part of our documented
When producers and copyright holders of films give their negatives and
prints for storage in the film vaults of NFAI as free deposits, NFAI
enters into a deposit agreement with
such parties. These films are stored in ideal storage conditions and
thus preserved for posterity.
Sometimes, NFAI has to acquire readymade
used prints of important films for its collection. These films are
acquired after evaluation and checking of the condition of the print,
and also assessing its preservation value and suitability for
Nominal compensation is usually given for such acquisitions.
It is mandatory for the Archive to acquire all National award winning
films as well as those films which qualified for featuring in the Indian
Panorama Section. The Producers/Copyright holders of such films have to
issue an authority letter to the Archive
for scoring a print for Archival use.
In addition, NFAI approaches various producers and copyright owners to
authorize NFAI to make prints for permanent preservation. In such cases
the NFAI bears the cost of print.
The Archive acquires old films and footage
by persuading distributors, owners, etc. and thus enriches its
collection. Film societies, cultural organisations, and
well-wishers of NFAI also assist NFAI in this endeavour.
Films also come to the Archive from the unclaimed lost Property from the
Railways and Airports. Films confiscated by the Customs Department
also find their way to the Archive holdings.