Digital Film Archive (DFA)

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 2000.

Items in the archive include drama, animation, documentaries, news, newsreels, wartime 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



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 are given on a range of subjects, including:

  • The History of the Newsreel
  • From Home Rule Crisis to Partition
  • A Century of Moving Images
  • Themed reminiscence workshops

Since its launch, the Northern Ireland Screen DFA programme has made 427 presentations to over 14,000 people.

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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