Harvard Film Archive

Motion Picture Collection, Preservation & Exhibition
One of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in the U.S., the Harvard Film Archive supports the research and study of cinema at Harvard and beyond by both preserving and making films from its collection available for individual study and public screenings.

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Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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  • Harvard Film Archive collections are open to all adult researchers regardless of academic affiliation.
  • Film prints are made accessible by advanced appointment only and in close consultation with HFA staff.

Cinematheque

  • Harvard Film Archive’s cinematheque presents films Friday through Monday nights year round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
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About The Harvard Film Archive

A division of Harvard Library, the Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in the United States, with a collection of well over 36,000 audio visual items from around the world and from almost every period in film history. The HFA supports the research and study of cinema at Harvard by making films from its collection available for study purposes, for individual viewing appointments and for classroom screenings. The HFA's collection of film and video material, as well as its many posters, documents and ephemera are accessible to faculty and students at Harvard, as well as to outside researchers, through our academic research services.

Established with the assistance of the Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1979, the Harvard Film Archive has grown into an incomparably rich resource for scholars and filmmakers. The HFA is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).

The Harvard Film Archive’s cinematheque presents films Friday through Monday nights year round and frequently invited filmmakers to discuss their work and engage with the vibrant community of students, professors, artists and cinephiles who regularly attend Archive screenings. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.