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 makes films available for study, individual viewing, classroom screenings and hosts film screenings for the public.
Today: 10am - 5pm
Box Office 6:15pm - 11pm



Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Connect with Harvard Film Archive



  • Harvard and outside researchers have access to our collection by submitting a request and in some cases, setting up an appointment.


  • Tickets to the cinematheque screenings are available 45 minutes before show time at the box office on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. The HFA does not sell tickets in advance.
  • Non-Harvard students, Harvard faculty and staff, and senior citizens receive discounted admission to regularly priced shows. 
  • Harvard students are admitted free.
  • Discounted/free admission does not apply to special events.

About the Harvard Film Archive

The 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.

The HFA frequently invites filmmakers to discuss their work and engage with the vibrant community of students, professors, artists and cinephiles who regularly attend Archive screenings. Recent visitors include legendary independent filmmakers Wim Wenders, Agnès Varda, Terence Davies, Guy Maddin, Billy Woodberry and Frederick Wiseman; younger artists such as Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Lav Diaz, Alice Rohrwacher, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Matías Piñeiro, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Federico Veiroj and Sofia Coppola; avant-garde filmmakers Jonas Mekas, Jodie Mack, Jem Cohen, Nathaniel Dorsky, Luther Price and Saul Levine; as well as special guests such as actress Pam Grier and Japanese benshi Ichiro Kataoka. Some of the HFA's recent programs include retrospectives of the work of Luchino Visconti, Robert Altman, Jean Epstein, Chantal Akerman, Seijun Suzuki, Chick Strand, Maurice Pialat, Ernst Lubitsch and William Wellman, as well as surveys such as Five O’Clock Shadow; Synaesthetic Cinema: Minimalist Music and Film; and Contemporary French Alternatives. Ongoing series include our annual movie marathons and the monthly Weekend Matinee and Cinema of Resistance screenings. 

The Archive is extremely grateful to June Yip, AB '85, and David Wong, AB '85, for their generous support of the Harvard Film Archive's ongoing visiting filmmaker program. Thanks to their generosity the Archive is able to continue inviting filmmakers, artists and scholars to present their work at the HFA and interact with the Harvard film community.

Month at-a-glance Calendar

The Film Archive hosts many screenings every week. Check our calendar to see what's coming up next.