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04 Jul 2011

Slovak Film Institute (SFI)

The SLOVAK FILM INSTITUTE (SFI) is the only state institution in Slovakia in the area of cinematography dealing with film and cinematography in a comprehensive manner. It collates, conserves, protects films and other audiovisual works and documentation materials and makes them available to the public. Since 2001, it has been a full member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).

The SFI is the administrator of the film archive which is a special significance archive within the meaning of the law. It comprises all films, frequently unique, made in Slovakia. These collections form a significant component of the national cultural heritage and they constitute a national property protected by the state and entrusted to the SFI for archiving and administration. The Film Institute executes the rights of the producer to Slovak films made by organisations which are fully and exclusively managed by the state, and it enhances the value of these rights by carrying out business activities.

The National Cinematographic Centre of the SFI comprises the Film Events Department, Editions Department and Audiovisual Information Centre. It is responsible for collating and providing complex information and services related to Slovak cinematography, presenting Slovak films both in Slovakia and abroad, supporting foreign film events in Slovakia and for the publication of general and professional filmological publications within the SFI‘s publishing activities.

The Film Events Department is in charge of presenting Slovak films in Slovakia and abroad. It co-organises screenings of Slovak films within film events in Slovakia and abroad and it is the liaising partner for organisers of film festivals who are interested in presenting Slovak film productions.

Professional literature is published by the Film Institute, namely by the Editions Department on the basis of a long-term policy. The monthly “Film.sk“, which provides film-makers and film audiences with regular information about film events, film reviews, surveys, interviews and articles of interest, is published under the aegis of the SFI.

The Audiovisual Information Centre AIC is responsible for providing information about the cinematographic and audiovisual environment in Slovakia and about the latest opportunities for financial support

The Documentation and Library Services Department collects comprehensive cinematographic information and a large amount of documentation materials about Slovak and also foreign films. The conditions for the loan and use of materials (documents, photographs, materials of graphic and artistic character) are determined within the Lending Regulations.

Films from the archive and art-films are screened daily in the study SFI cinema „Filmotéka“ and in the Slovak and Czech films cinema on the premises of the ic.sk Film Club in Bratislava. The Slovak Film Institute supports the distribution of alternative and artistic programmes. An extensive videotheque forms part of the institution. As a methodological centre, the SFI provides screen-writing and tuition assistance for activities aimed at film, audiovisual and cultural education.

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