National Film Archives

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The National Film Archives was established as a part of the National Film Board in 1964 in terms of Act No 73 of 1963, which was aimed at assisting in the promotion of the film industry. It specialised in films that were made about or in South Africa irrespective of the format. It traced, accessioned, restored, preserved and made available films to the public.

Initially known as the South African Film Institute (SAFI), the name was later changed to the National Film Archives (NFA). In 1982 it was incorporated into State Archives Service and in 1985 the name was changed to the National Film, Video and Sound Archives (NAFVSA). In 1989 it attained full membership of the International Association of Sound Archives (IASA) and in 1996 became a provisional member of the Federation of International Film Archives (FIAF).

The NAFVSA falls under the Department of Arts and Culture. The National Film, Video and Sound Archives is the only national institution of its kind in South Africa.


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