Digital Film Archive (DFA)


Digital Film Archive Sites

Launched in November 2000, as part of the British Film Institute’s (BFI) Millennium Project, Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive (DFA) is a free public access resource containing over 80 hours of film footage spanning 100 years of Northern Irish history from 1897 to 2014.

Items in the archive include drama, animation, documentaries, news, newsreels, war-time propaganda, amateur and actuality films. The DFA is used by teachers, students, historians, tourists and anyone with a keen interest in moving images.

A new website was launched for the Digital Film Archive in early 2015, allowing you to access a lot of the material online (from within the UK). Access the Digital Film Archive website here. The entire Digital Film Archive can be accessed at the sites listed below.


South / South East

North / North West


Adding your films to the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive

Whether amateur or professional, we’re always keen to hear from anyone who has film, or video, made in, or about Northern Ireland.


Please email Digital Film Archive staff with details of the material you own, providing as much information as possible, including the format of the film, quantity, date and subject matter. We will contact you as soon as possible to inform you if the material is relevant to our collection.

If the films are of interest to Northern Ireland Screen, we’ll discuss a Permissions Agreement which sets out terms and conditions. This allows you to agree the terms under which we would incorporate your material into the Digital Film Archive. All such uses would be non-commercial - we do ask your permission to add the material to our website and to use the films as part of our ongoing education and outreach programmes.

However, Northern Ireland Screen will never ask you to relinquish copyright in your films and any commercial enquiries relating to films in the Digital Film Archive will be referred back to you as the rights holder.

Where material requires digitisation, we may be able to offer you a DVD copy of your footage, free-of-charge. However, as Northern Ireland Screen does not have a physical archive, all master tapes will be returned to you.

Whether, or not, your material is added to the Digital Film Archive, we will endeavour to advise you on storage of material, digitisation and other archives that may be interested in housing your films. 


Northern Ireland Screen delivers themed presentations based on the content of the Digital Film Archive to a variety of audiences, including community and reminiscence groups, historical societies and schools. All presentations are free-of-charge and, where possible, can be tailored to suit the interests of your group - be it a general overview of the collection, or a talk on a specific subject, place, era, or historical event.

If you are interested in arranging a presentation, please email Francis Jones, or telephone him on 028 90 232 444 to discuss your requirements.

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